The Catholics made purely theological arguments as to why Jesus Christ had to have existed "in the flesh" None of these points are meant to stand on their own, but collectively they provide a very strong argument against the story of Jesus Christ being based on a real person. It is important to note that we have one, and only one, source of information about the life of Jesus and that is the Christian Gospels.
Wright Please enjoy exploring the varied views of the historical Jesus offered up by these authors through the links above. There are two types of "Jesus the Myth" theories prevalent in contemporary literature, that of the "Heavenly Christ" and that of the "Man of the Indefinite Past.
Instead it pictures the activity taking place on a heavenly plane of existence, somewhere between the earthly and the divine, and it claims analogy to this practice in other Mediterranean cults offering people other-worldly hope.
They argue that Christ was later given a biography on earth, either as a fictionalization of the heavenly type or as a more concrete expression of the faith of a community that had started to regard Christ as a physical person.
Moreoever, there is real evidence of a form of Christianity that regarded Christ as a non-physical being in the Gnosic movement, so while this may not have primacy, it does have attestation in our evidence. If you view the theory of "Heavenly Christ" as taking place over three stages — first Christ is a being in heaven, then people start to believe he lived on earth, then there is a more concrete story about Christ — you can just lop off the first leg of this sequence in order to get the idea offered by the writers who hold to the "Man of the Indefinite Past" theory.
Some believe that the stories about Jesus began about a different, older personage in time, which history has forgotten even though they have their guesses.
Others believe that the stories about Jesus gave time, place, and concrete detail to a person who was originally part of the "mythic past," at the same kind of point on the timeline one would have to put the feats of a figure like Hercules or Odysseus if all you had were some very vague fictionalizations.
The later texts would give you the time and place. Imagine an Oddysey that starts with a fraction of the story and no connection to the Trojan War, and you will not be too far off the process of story-making envisaged by this hypothesis.
Gregory Riley refrains from making any statements on the existence of the historical Jesus or his historical nature if he did exist. He focuses on the story as it comes to us and shows how it may borrow from similar techniques of story-telling in the Greek tradition.
If you want to consider his work in relation to the first two hypotheses here, he provides a plausible bridge between the gospels and the step immediately previous in the evolution of the Jesus tradition.
However, it is a bridge that is compatible with the existence of a historical Jesus, and it could merely be the way in which the tales about him were developed. The resulting picture is idiosyncratic and difficult to summarize.
The dichotomy is often presented that way; people thinking of Jesus either as a teacher with some interesting and cogent things to say or as the person referenced in Christian theology.
For those who think this way about Jesus, or who just are interested in the sayings of the gospel and what they could have looked like if formed into a philosophy of life, the writers in the school of the "wisdom sage" Jesus are worth reading.
The idea of a "man of the spirit" is the polar opposite of the "wisdom sage" school. Instead of looking at what Jesus said, they look very hard at what he did, in particular at his exorcisms and other spiritual works. Jesus and his affect on people take front seat to the things he happened to say or perhaps not say while he was living out his ministry.
A "prophet of social change" is going to be the closest scholarship gets to the person envisaged by the countless signs and bumper stickers making Jesus out to be a proto-hippie. This Jesus is deeply concerned with the plight of the people during the Roman occupation and speaks and acts from that starting point.
It is not hard to imagine what an apocalyptic prophet is, but it must be emphasized that the writers grouped together here are a diverse group. Placing three writers together under the banner of "Jesus the savior" does not imply that the other others do not regard Jesus as savior. In every case, the title chosen represents the most salient feature of the historical Jesus according to the author and my categorization scheme.
For these three, the starting point for the rest of his actions is the self-consciousness of the historical Jesus that he is the Son of God sent into the world. There are many more writers and even more schools of thought that are not even contained here.
This document is increasingly becoming dated, so it may be regarded as nothing more than a summary of Jesus research in the era, roughly, of to If the past century is any indication, the new century will bring us even more diversity in views on the real historical Jesus.A marvelously perfunctory study.
Denominationalism (including single congregation denominations made popular in thge last century to the present) is a work of Satan through the willingness of men to succumb to pride and greed.
A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible. pontifical council for culture pontifical council for interreligious dialogue. jesus christ the bearer of the water of life. a christian reflection. This book is an excellent treatment of the evidence outside of the bible that reveals a pretty good outline of Jesus' life, actions and how he was thought of by the ancient world.
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