A reader asks: You may be aware of a recent lawsuit filed in a European court by an Italian atheist against the Catholic Church accusing them of perpetuating a myth in claiming that Jesus actually lived. The accuser claims that Jesus is actually based on a character named John of Galama, who is in fact a fictional character taken from a book called "For The Temple" written by … [Read more...]
Historical Jesus & Christian Origins
Scholars use the term "Historical Jesus" to reconstruct aspects of the life of Jesus before he became the Christ figure of modern theology. Read articles related to the Historical Jesus and Christian Origins below.
Every now and then, I receive email from people who are absolutely convinced that the Bible (sometimes they specify the KJV) is the only authoritative source one should use when discussing Christianity. If you've read anything on my website, you can probably figure out that I disagree. I've written a bit about the historical approach rather than a theological approach I try to … [Read more...]
I can't understand why you should want to separate Jesus the man, from his role as the Christ. It doesn't make sense. 'Christ' means the 'anointed one' and Jesus (the man) became anointed with holy spirit at his baptism. His role as the Christ, started then. Yet, you say that the role of the Christ didn't start until after his death and resurrection. Occasionally, I receive … [Read more...]
In the study of the Christian origins it is important to make a distinction between the man who was Jesus and the broader Christ figure. The title of Jesus comprises the figure's life from his natural birth to his crucifixion at the hands of Pontius Pilate during the reign of Caesar Tiberius, while the title of Christ refers to his existence and actions after the resurrection. … [Read more...]