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Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson went on a camping trip.


They set up their tent and fell asleep.


Some hours later, Holmes woke his faithful friend.


"Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."


Watson replied, "I see millions of stars."


"What does that tell you?" asks Holmes


Watson pondered for a minute.


"Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.


Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.

Horologically, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three.


Theologically, it’s evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.


Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. “


Then - after a pause, Watson said:


“Well, Holmes, What does it tell you?"


Holmes was silent for a moment and then he said.


"Watson, you imbecile, someone has stolen our tent."


In the same way as Dr Watson missed the blindingly obvious, - so (in the words of the late Professor Charlie Moule)


"the birth and rapid rise of the Christian

Church ... remains an unsolved enigma for any historian who refuses to take seriously the only explanation offered by the church itself - the Resurrection."