Originally posted by pterra
Michael Cecil, I have an idea for you:
Start telling us something simple that you believe would be useful for us to know... How your life was, some special fact you liked or theory you
In early October, 1986, I attended the Fall meeting of the Jesus Seminar at the University of Notre Dame. And, incredibly, I was given the opportunity
to address the meeting for a few minutes.
I challenged all participants to a private
debate (I had no
intention of embarrassing them) on the Doctrine of "resurrection"; telling
them that, after the debate, they would be able to vote on who had won the debate. And, if I lost the debate, I would pay them a sum of, as I recall,
some $7,000 which was all I had in the bank.
There was a murmur among the participants as they looked at each other questioningly. Finally, one theologian from a university in Texas (Butts,
perhaps), as I recall, raised his hand and asked: "What is the other
side of the debate?"
So, I told them that the other side of the debate is the Truth; that Jesus taught the Doctrine of "resurrection" as a Doctrine of 'Rebirth'; and
that the argument between Jesus and the Sadducees included a figurative description of the revelation of the memories of previous lives.
There were no takers.
I disrupted their final meeting that Saturday morning with an angry statement (it was caught on video tape); and, in January or February of 1987, I
was stopped while on campus by an Hispanic Notre Dame campus policeman, who told me that Notre Dame was considering pressing charges against me for
'disturbing the peace' or some such nonsense. My reply was something along the lines of "make my day". But no action was ever taken against me.
Then, in 1997, as I recall, one of the theologians in the Jesus Seminar who had been at the meeting in 1986, Marcus Borg (a name easy to remember from
the Star Trek series), from a university in either Oregon or Washington, as I recall, published a book entitled Jesus and Buddha--the Parallel
; in which he made the statement that the similarities between the teachings of the Buddha and the Teaching of Jesus probably originated
in, interestingly enough, a 'similarity in religious experience'...
the revelation of the memories of previous lives, as I had told him some 11 years before?
The last time I checked for this book, the author's name had been changed and Marcus Borg is now the editor, for whatever that is worth.
In any case, in August, 1999, as I recall, I paid $25 to become a member of the Westar Institute's (the parent organization of the Jesus Seminar) on
line discussion group; but was then prohibited from either quoting the statements of Marcus Borg, one of the founders of the Jesus Seminar, or stating
that my research was both a confirmation and extension of what he had stated in his book published 2 years before. They even returned my $25, believe
it or not; which, of course, is much less, I suspect, than what Marcus Borg made by the sale of his book.
And, of course, no reference to any of the statements that I made in 1986 was published in Jesus and Buddha--the Parallel Sayings