Is the Jesus of History the Jesus of Faith? | Ted Wright

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IS THE JESUS OF HISTORY THE JESUS OF FAITH?

HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY SAY YES!

Jesus mythicists can best be described as people who are “highly skeptical” if not completely doubtful that Jesus Christ ever existed. Of course, most of what we learn about the life and ministry of Jesus comes to us from the New Testament in the three synoptics. For example, Jesus mythicist, Bob Price (whom I’ve previously debated on the historicity of the Exodus), wrote the following:

“It is quite likely, though certainly by no means definitively provable, that the central figure of the gospels is not based on any historical individual. Put simply, not only is the theological “Christ of faith” a synthetic construct of theologians, a symbolic “Uncle Sam” figure. But if you could travel through time, like Superboy, and you went back to First-Century Nazareth, you would not find a Jesus living there” [1].

Similarly, Jesus mythicist, Richard Carrier, in his book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why Might Have Reason to Doubt [“Might,” sic!], states that: “The Gospels generally afford us no evidence for discerning a historical Jesus.” And, that “Most of what Christians [i.e. “early Christians”] wrote were liesWe should approach everything they wrote with distrust.” Elsewhere Carrier noted that the NT book of Acts, “…reliability for demonstrating the historicity of Jesus is essentially non-existent” [2].

Yet, If history is at all knowable, with any degree of certainty, then the New Testament is one of THE most remarkable and reliable primary sources in the ancient world!

To read the rest of this excellent post please click on the direct link below:

http://epicarchaeology.org/archaeology-and-the-new-testament/is-the-jesus-of-history-the-jesus-of-faith/

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3 comments on “Is the Jesus of History the Jesus of Faith? | Ted Wright
  1. hawk2017 says:

    Thank you. Absurdist is the name of people like Bob Price. (Dont think absurdist is true word but it suffices. lol)

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  2. If most of what the early Christians wrote were lies, they went through an awful lot of suffering just to keep up the hoax … #trylogicguys

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Ann, you’re right, because looking at the alternative for those who are critical would mean a whole new world view. Always nice to hear from you! Grace and blessings!

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