Re: [KC-Freethinking-Social] Jesus Poll by Josh Stewart

From: Christopher
Sent on: Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:36 PM
1. A historical figure [who was considered divine by his followers and by succeeding Christians].  (I agree in substance with Adam.)

There is a new book by Bart Ehrman on this topic:  Did Jesus Exist?:  A Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.  Ehrman argues for Adam's and my position.  I highly recommend that those interested in this question read it.  (Ehrman is decidedly not a Christian, and is vocal about this fact, having rejected Christianity many years ago.)

Despite popular notions to the contrary, there is no contradiction in or other problem with the following pair of propositions:  

1) The human being Jesus existed in the first century and acquired some followers.
2) This Jesus was not divine, although his followers and succeeding Christians, the latter of whom heard marvelous stories and claims about him, believed he was.



Christopher M. Riels
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From: Adam <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [KC-Freethinking-Social] Jesus Poll by Josh Stewart
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Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012, 6:18 PM

4 (a mixture of choices 1, 2, and 3)

I think there likely was someone who was a philosophical "leader" and who may have done a few of the things ascribed in the bible to him. But the majority of the story is mythological, and contains intentionally expanded claims after the fact.

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> Josh emailed this idea to me. Please answer the question(s) below:
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> As a non-Christian, who do you think Jesus was?
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> 1. A historical figure
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> 4. Other?
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> Your thoughts? I would certainly find people's answers interesting.
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