I only use videos for other people’s conviences.
From personal experience, most people do not like reading ar6ticles and prefer videos.
Thus video usage is just to help present ideas. I do not prefer using them as sources.
Personally I.J. I’d rather read your take on the subject, how you synthesize the material is of more interest to me as, with few exceptions we’ve read the same books. I know Ehrman’s, Crossan’s and Carrier’s contentions and those who don’t can run to Wiki or YouTube for a quick reference. I’m more interested in a muslim’s take on the subject. That’s why I read your posts. For instance, are Djinns and angels important to you as a believer? how do you reconcile religion with faith?
Before I get to that I should emphasize that I am only telling my personal views backed with the evidence I have seen. I am not a theologican or philosopher (in fact I am still working to get my first degree!). My opinion should be paid attention to only when I give evidence.
Also it would probably take a dozen posts to properly explain the views i have formed over the years. This is ony to give people a general idea.
My general take on religion is that it one should be neutral (agnostic maybe) while studying different faiths.
A religion to follow must
1. at the minimum should not have any empirical mistakes. (historical, scientific, etc)
2. One thing that should be kept in mind is that something cannot be proven or disproven.
Things which are not testable CANNOT be used to disprove or prove a point. They are just untestable.
There are many other things which cannot be proven (such as angels).
For that reason, I would never base my faith on anyone soley on someone who claims to have seen an angel.
At the same time, I do not reject other religions (Christianity for example) for believing in this claim because I can’t disprove it.
3. Religions should alsohave something “special” which show that it is divine. However, many people mistakenly attribute supernatural things where they do not belong.
In this regards, one of my favorite books is by the Joe Nickell Looking for a miracle. He has shown that many of the miraculous events do indeed have
A sample article of his works may be seen here
This does not disprove miracles, it just means that unless there is “living miracle” we can’t be fully certain they happen.
An example of living miracle could be like a normal person having his head chopped off on Mars (away from civilization) yet still living.