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Rabbi Gottlieb tells us that “this is a story placed so far in the past that no information survives from that time.” But the Mexica migration happened in the 14th century and I am aware of no sources claiming it happened before the alleged giving of Torah at Sinai. With due respect, in pursuit of a narrative which he prima facie wishes to adopt, the rabbi has lost coherence and forgotten the principles of logic he claims to be marshaling for his argument. (This isn’t an argument against Kuzari in particular, but it is at least interesting to note that this loss of coherence in pursuit of an a priori narrative is an old pattern in Rabbi Gottlieb’s writing which goes back to his days at Johns Hopkins. See e.g. TS Weston’s 1982 review of his book Ontological Economy).
Let’s look now at David Greenberg’s quotes, which at least prima facie constitute an argument against the Aztec myth being a counterargument to the Kuzari Principle. I commend Mr. Greenberg’s willingness to navigate Google Books to look into the questions at hand, but I’m afraid he’s misunderstood the argument. For example, he quotes p. 32 of the Handbook to Life in the Aztec World as discussing divine messages given by the priests, but nobody is using those as counterarguments to Kuzari. Indeed, in my essay, I explicitly noted that “through his priests, [the] deity led the Aztecs on a migratory journey.” The trouble for our apologist friends is that prophecies are fulfilled via miracles which are indeed witnessed by the Aztec people. See for example p. 144 of the same book. It is interesting to me that Rabbi Gottlieb is apparently unaware of this fatal flaw in Mr. Greenberg’s argument.
In conclusion, I can certainly understand that faith in a religion one was raised with or one was indoctrinated with at a latter age is a powerful thing. I myself was once a baal teshuva who believed he came to religion through logic (and indeed, nobody mekarved me when I made that decision in the North Georgia mountains at 16). But as William Lane Craig or Dovid Gottlieb can marshal every similar proof in the world for their views — and they are similar — I submit that their reasons for actual belief are also similar. B’emunah shleimah, as they say.
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