An outstanding post on religion and evidence over at Roger Pearse’s blog, titled “Diversity of teaching and early Christianity”
Towards the end (well worth reading up to!) is this great line that I thought had a much broader area of application.
We can choose to ignore the evidence, but it is still there. Even if we do ignore the evidence, it is reasonably obvious that Jesus did not teach at one time that there was 1 god, at another that there were 30, at another that there were 365; and that there is not the slightest evidence that he did. It is, in a Jewish context, quite inconceivable. So why on earth are we treating the dafter claims of people who never knew him as in some way equivalent to the testimony of those who did?
(Click through to find out why I chose that image.)