As for this disagreement, isn't it silly?
More than a little
...why should Buddhists get a little uptight with such an offhanded statement?
Fear? Insecurity? intolerance?
...its not like the entire foundation of Buddhism rests on Gotama's actual, real and tangible enlightenment experience, right?
That's debatable, but the foundations of the Dharma surely don't depend on it. [the term "enlightenment" is a poorly understood translation that's created much confusion and delusion].
And why wouldn't a religious person just accept your statement and not call bullocks?
My statement that secular scholars are having trouble finding a Buddha that actually lived? Since that debate really does exist and it has for a long time, what's to call bullocks on?
Can't they see that you're too busy
I should drop everything and start looking through books. Saying "I'm busy" 3 times isn't acceptable to religious people? My, my...
Can't they just not care too?
Now that you mention it, it does seem like they're a bit touchy around certain subjects that maybe rub up against their comfort zone. I stated a fact (yes, there is a debate). I offered no opinion regarding that debate. Why all the reactivity and urgency?
Anyway, gotta go or I'll burn the pies. When I have time and it seems interesting enough I'll dig out some info. Please, don't anyone hold their breath.
I'm into retreat starting monday and won't be back until the 4th.