Somehow, Greek philosopher Epicurus came up on the show The View recently:
While discussing whether Christians existed during the time of Greek philosopher Epicurus, the creationist comedienne said, Of course "[the Greeks] had Christians 'cause they threw them to the lions."
"I think [Epicurus] might predate this," Whoopi Goldberg offered, even though she failed to point out that feeding Christians to the lions was a Roman pastime.
"I don't think anything predated Christians," Sherri insisted.
Joy Behar tried to help the ditzy cohost by explaining that "The Greeks were first, then the Romans, then the Christians," but the 30 Rock actress wouldn't accept the logic. She continued, "Jesus came first before them, so "
Source: Page Six
To be fair to Sherri Shepherd, it is a part of orthodox Christian theology that Jesus has "always" existed. All three parts of the Holy Trinity the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are equal and have existed for all eternity. In this sense, then, the Son (Jesus) did indeed come "first before" Greeks and Romans. I don't think that's what Shepherd had in mind, though. Her first statements were that "Christians" came before the Greeks and Epicurus, which is plainly false. Thus when she talks about Jesus coming "first before" Greeks and Romans, I think she's talking about the human incarnation of Jesus on Earth and even in Christian theology, that's plainly false as well.
So we have good reason not to read her comments in the most generous manner possible; this conclusion is made all the more reasonable given the fact that Sherri Shepherd has made some pretty outrageously false comments before. Not only does she not accept the reality of evolution, she can't even claim to know for sure if the Earth is flat or round. This is something that grade school children should be able to get right, which forces us to ask what is wrong that she make such basic errors about science, history, reality, and even her own religion.