Jesus: Neither God Nor Man - The Case for a Mythical Jesus by Earl Doherty
By Earl Doherty
Mainstream biblical scholarship is much from attaining consensus in its ongoing try to separate the glorified Jesus of religion from the ever elusive Jesus of heritage. It continues to be noticeable how quickly conventional academia will triumph over its reluctance to make the leap into the hot testomony s ultimate, uncharted territory: the idea that Christianity all started with trust in a religious heavenly Son of God, that the Gospels are primarily allegory and fiction, and that no ancient Jesus important of the identify existed...
The Gospels and Acts of the Apostles shape one small part of the early Christian documentary list. They replicate yet one classification of suggestion and witness to what that vast circulate got here to think in. sleek students and believers alike view the area of early Christianity throughout the prism of this slender handful of inbred writings, a sequence of literary dependency and expansion at the first one written, and it has distorted all that they see. The Gospels and Acts must be installed their right standpoint, in order that they now not imprecise a extra clear-eyed view of what early Christianity constituted. That view are available in every little thing from the recent testomony epistles to the non-canonical files, to the writings of the Gnostics and moment century apologists. until eventually we permit ourselves to acknowledge what broader elements of the period introduced the belief of a Jesus into being, and the way he developed over the 1st a hundred and fifty years, the Western global will proceed to reside and perpetuate a fantasy...
Earl Doherty, via his web site and primary publication, The Jesus Puzzle, is seemed via many as having given Jesus Mythicism its such a lot valid and convincing expression in over a new release. Jesus: Neither God Nor guy is a brand new and revised enlargement of that paintings. The made from nearly 3 many years of analysis, it provides a case of exceptional intensity and lucidity for the non-existence of an old Jesus. (The unique The Jesus Puzzle will remain to be had as a condensed model of that case.) during this age of the net and the elevated dissemination of information and concepts throughout a large public constituency, the genuine beginnings of 1 of the area s significant religions could eventually be able to emerge.
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People took part in it as members of a larger whole. But in the Hellenistic age, the focus of religion changed to one of personal concerns. With the world around them unsettled and fragmented, people felt a greater thirst for understanding that world and how to cope with it. But even more so, how to transcend it. Instead of the pursuit of philosophy for the sake of pure truth and to further the health of the state, as Plato and Aristotle had largely indulged in it, philosophical movements were now designed to help individuals find a place in a troubled world and give them peace of mind.
Taken as a whole, then, most of the epistolary corpus predates the Gospels; virtually all of it predates the wider dissemination of those Gospels as perceivable in the record. As we go along, some early Christian writings that did not end up in the New Testament will be brought in: the epistle 1 Clement, the letters of Ignatius, the "church manual" called the Didache (DID-a-kee), the Shepherd of Hermas, and the epistles of Barnabas and Polycarp, as well as some Jewish and Greco-Roman documents which cast light on the picture.
Did he and so many other Jews allow gentiles—wherever they may have been—to persuade them to betray the most cherished principles of their Jewish heritage and turn a human being into God? Moreover, the question still needs to be answered: Why? What would have led Paul, or gentiles off in northern Syria, to take a simple preacher whom they knew only by report, and turn him into a cosmic deity—no matter what their diet of Hellenistic ideas? The appeal could not have been in his message and charisma as a teacher, since they immediately stripped off that skin and discarded it.