Be warned! I have a MS in theology from Dartmouth College. I'm also a Historian of Christianity and "The Bible" in it's many incarnations.
What Michael said and what mommasgirl said.
I am amazed that anyone would seriously try to answer such a sweeping question.
Manwitch, why don't you try asking a more general or even a more personalized question?
If you are struggling with your faith, God has promised to send whatever help you need. If demonic possession has become a problem for you, God has the answer for that too.
manwitch is not struggling with anything. He is trying to show off all of that education he has accumulated He must feel pretty insecure that he has to come to this forum to show off his intelligence. Thats right he didn't show off his intelligence, he only threatened to in his question.
Manwitch failed to show either higher education or intelligence. He claims a degree from Dartmouth -- that Dartmouth does not award!
Truly, they have an excellent and unbiased religion major, that justifies a degree and is accepted at virtually any Seminary in the nation. But folks, Religion is an ARTS discipline and Manwitch claims a SCIENCES discipline.
Methinks there be a little fraud somewhere! Alas, all that atheists have ever done well is to commit fraud.
Rabid, I find that Manwitch (aka Physicalist) is dangerous in one regard only: he could bore an accountant to death!
He may be able to bore an accountant to death but he is a Proctologist's dream.
Wait a minute, RM3! Let's not get a spate of accountant jokes going! Particularly the Monty Python "Lion Tamer" sketch starring Michael Palin as Herbert Anchovy!
Don't look at me, I tried to switch the subject.
Re: proctologist's dreams.
You asked a question about the Slave Tread. I did not find a post where it was relevant, so I have a website for you to glance at.
Hope this helps. Not that where there were Jews in Africa, that nation was blessed for not abusing them, as the Jews were in Europe. Intetresting.