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On answers.org, this appears:

 

Despite Doherty’s dependence on Q, we have no copies of Q, no copies of portions of Q, no references to Q in any of the early Christian writings, no references to Q in any of the early non-Christian writings, no references to Q in any of the gospels or the writings of Paul or the other letters; in fact, no conclusive evidence whatsoever that Q ever existed.

 

The Mysterious Case of the

Missing Q

 

Is this claim true or wishful thinking?

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Well, you know, Q can be very capricious. Maybe he erased his own history so we wouldn't figure out that religion was all a big prank on his part when Star Trek: TNG came along.

 

:HaHa:

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wtf is 'Q' other than a letter of the alphabet? I haven't heard/read of this until just now.

 

Q is short for Quelle, which is a German word for "source". It refers to collections of sayings that appear to be the source of much of the gospels. There are three layers of Q - based on scholars beliefs of the order in which they surfaced. They are called Q1, Q2, and Q3.

 

From "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man" by Robert Price:

 

"How did we get from Jesus to the gospels? Beginning with the work of Martin Dibelius, Rudolph Bultmann, and Karl Ludwig Schmidt, scholars have surmised that christians circulated a great number of sayings attributed to Jesus and stories of what he had done. They may have passed them on faithfully, already feeling themselves bound by a kind of "oral canonicity". Or they may have freely added to the tradition various items that they thought Jesus might have, must have, or would have said or done. The oral tradition continued to grow and to be passed down, gradually crystallizing in several documents, gospels, at least four. Mark seems to have been the first, along with a collection of sayings scholars call simply Q (for Quelle, German for "source") These two were somewhat later used and combined by two other authors independently, the evangelists Matthew and Luke. "

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Q is the superstring theory of Christian theology. It is powerful, elegant and ties together a number of disparate facts, but there really isn't any hard evidence for it.

Q Theory.

 

Nice.

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