More atheist silliness & Mount Vesuvius too

Not sure where this originally comes from. I spotted quoted without attribution one a friend’s Facebook page. An excellent point:

An example of a cataclysmic but barely documented event is the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 that destroyed two major cities and their surrounding settlements, killed possibly tens of thousands of people, had an ash plume that could be seen for hundreds or even thousands of miles, and yet the only written record comes to us from a single eyewitness, Pliny the Younger, who put his account to parchment several decades later at the request of his friend Tacitus. That pretty much puts an end to the “If the miracles of the Bible were true then more people would have documented them” argument.

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2 comments

  1. Although to be fair, the miracles aren't generally thought to have killed their eye-witnesses – rather the opposite in one case.

  2. Frank:

    Although to be fair, the miracles aren't generally thought to have killed their eye-witnesses – rather the opposite in one case.

    Neither did the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius kill all of its witnesses; nobody thinks that the eruption killed all of the witnesses, or even most of them. An eruption that size would have been visible in very, very many places and would have been witnessed by very, very many more people than the mostly privately-performed miracles of Jesus.

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