(1.) A witness is all we have, in most cases, and all we will get. You have to make room for that possibly, even with the supposed technological and scientific advancements you rely on. I find it amusing that the last link I put on a post had a disagreement between two colleagues about the reliability of mDNA research: The scientist there is quoted, ” [his colleague] is not a classical geneticist,” therefore her findings are suspect and his theories are still valid. Even in a “hot” area of study - arguments over whether the science can be trusted still occur between the scientific elite! Hahahaha!
(2.) And you’ll never know because you’ll never try to undrstand. Thanks for your “open-mindedness”. BTW, Christianity, as you know, was not extant long enough to be “reworked legend”.
(3.)”Prepare ye the highway of the Lord”
(4.) Another denial of your own ability to reason and make judgements. I thought that was part of your job - intrepid inquiry? I once was an un-believer - so I know how fear of the Truth masquerades as fear of the Unknown - it’s easier to trust in Death (materialism) and its attendant inevitabilities than to totally toss that paradigm out - its like an old coat that doesn’t protect as well from the elements, but feels comfy nevertheless. Makes me wonder why you have so much faith in your scientific detachment when you never use it, as far as I can see…
Source for Brian Sykes’ quote is here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=212978