What was Christianity like before the Gospels were written? Can the early Christians' beliefs and practices be called the true Christianity? Is the belief system worthy of study and perhaps emulation in our own time? We will use the text The Jesus Puzzle by Earl Doherty as our starting point and to provide a common ground for discussion. Anyone who is disillusioned with the contemporary church or who is interested in history and religion or theology would find a place here. Those who would condemn any but their own beliefs would not.