here) does not lead me to accept the Gospels as historical accounts of the events that they describe. However, let us willingly suspend disbelief. In that case, the Gospels become prequels to some passages in Poul Anderson's History of Technic Civilization.
Nicholas van Rijn says:
"'The very first miracle Our Lord did was turning water into wine, and a select vintage it was, too.'"
-Poul Anderson, Rise Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2011), p. 136.
So the Marriage Feast at Canaan and van Rijn's many modest repasts are scattered along the same timeline! And later along that timeline, Fr Axor says:
"'Now Our Lord was born once upon Terra... If science can show that the gospel account of Christ is not myth but biography; and if it then finds that his ministry was, in empirical fact, universal...'"
-Poul Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (New York, 2012). pp. 209-210.
If a proposition is proved scientifically or empirically, then it is known and no longer a matter of faith whereas, if it remains an article of faith, then it has not yet been proved scientifically or empirically.
Axor is a Wodenite who finds spiritual significance in events that occurred in ancient Galilee whereas Adzel was an earlier Wodenite who found such significance in ancient India. Both find it on Earth. What a pity that they could not meet - except maybe in someone's version of a hereafter?