Monday, June 7, 2010

Better late than never

Nine hundred and eleven years ago today, June 7th 1099, knights of the first crusade laid siege to the walls of Jerusalem. The motivation was to liberate Jerusalem after 461 years of Muslim control; better late than never they must have thought.

Once again many score individuals were sent hastily off to examine the truth to the afterlife theories. They remain silent as to whose side sported the correct theology.


2 comments:

Joe Pomykala said...

Are you sure the anniversary was exactly today? - "Nine hundred and eleven years ago today" The Gregorian calendar has only been used since 1582. The Julian calendar used prior was off, 11 minute/year gap - thus 483 years of midiaeval errors by the pope's church officials accumulate to say 3 or 4 days off the exact calendar day versus the real day or true number of years of solar planetary orbit. But could be a matter of opinion as the Jews and Moslems in Jerusalem had their own calendars which was also off, but more interesting was that in 1099 both Jews and Moslems fought together as brothers to fend off the crusading Franks, a bit better for today and Jerusalem. Oh yea, before burning the mosques in Jerusalem, the crusaders at their pit stop at the Siege of Maarat in July 1098 ran out of supplies and resorted to cannibalism of the bodies of their victims.
- As Socrates said, we do not know anything, even the sun rising tomorow, we just think we know, a grain of salt. Some native american cultures strive to close the gap between what we see and think versus reality. I collected this info off the internet. I could be wrong. Is is possible others could be wrong about deist beliefs? Wait a few hundred years, they will be laughing about what we think or believe today.

adult onset atheist said...

All true. I use the conventional low-resolution definition of a year which avoids corrections for leap year and the like. I celebrate my birthday on the same day each year even when I lie about how many years it has been. Some historical scholars argue that major one-time corrections like the Julian-gregorian adjustment should be considered in dating. Since such consideration would require considerable effort on my part I believe these scholars to be wrong.

I try to avoid discussion of cannibalism on this blog since I am not sure I could prevent myself from using the phrase “the other white meat” if I did.