After listening to the episode a second time, I have another analogy to help pose an argument.I'm coming out swinging, metaphorically.
I challenge anyone to imagine sitting in present time 2021 and composing an original fictional story, setting Earth, about a character living in the year 2021... lets say you write 200 pages...
Only catch is, you must compose this entire story without a single mention of: TV, Radio, Electricity, Computers, Internet, Social Media, or Telephones...
Argument: It would be equally difficult for someone alive in the year 100AD to exclude the prevailing mythical astrology from any writing. Especially when ascribing for the hero archetype.
Chicken or the Egg?
Disclaimer: Yes, I'm only 1/2 way through episode.., but I will surely listen to this episode multiple times like I do most new episodes. And I will happily come back and post to recant my jab if/when I hear this issue addressed within the 2nd half.
How many independent stories over time would you guess were made up about a magnificent man so fast/dexterous/agile that he could catch a bullet with his bare hands?
Before internet, or even radio, imagine these stories popping up all around the world wherever guns are sold, there's that one guy who got a little fame, and sure enough one of his legendary traits was his ability to catch a bullet. I mean, people would gather in crowds just to listen to the guy who saw it happen. I'm going to imagine that since the invention of guns, there's probably been a hundred thousand tales of the guys who could catch a bullet, and every one from a first hand witness...
Then one day, man invented this thing called a camera phone, and suddenly humans lost the ability to catch bullets!
So what does this have to do with the episode?
David is arguing that because all the stories in the bible are based on pre-existing star myths, that must mean the bible isn't really even about all the famous characters and their experiences of running into the divine. Rather the characters were devised only as rendition of star stories that already existed??
I say that the star myths were used as epoxy to encapsulate or cement the foundation of characters and their divine experiences.
The same way nobody actually ever caught a bullet, nobody ever fit every Earth animal on a single boat. Does that mean Noah didn't have a monumental divine experience?
Perhaps, the only way these stories ever got passed down was to attach them to a timeless foundation. Perhaps at the time this was understood by everyone as the only way possible to save a story for ever.