What we're about
The objective of this Meetup isn’t to promote one particular view of Jesus, but to give you the resources and information that you need to better understand your view from a historical critical perspective. You will learn of evidences that support your view, and evidences that challenge. For this reason, this Meetup is truly open for anyone regardless of religious affiliation.
Who was Jesus? What did he say? What did he do?
This Meetup is founded on one principle and one principle only: You can't answer the above question by citing divine revelation, written or otherwise. You can only employ historical analysis and historical references available to anyone for peer review. You may reference the historical writings preserved in early Christian and anti-Christian literature, including any and all books from the Bible.
You already know that Jesus is one of the most influential figures in human history.
Christians worship him as God; Muslims revere him as a Prophet; Jews see him as one who came from their own; Hindus and Buddhists see him as the potential of any and all humans. Atheists see his followers as promoting something that may ultimately be wrong. How do you see him? And why?
This Meetup is welcome to all
This isn’t to say that the historical Jesus can be molded into anything for anyone -- for there are some perspectives that are more or less likely than others -- but an admission that historical reconstruction is a soft science more about probabilities than absolutes, especially when trying to ascertain one’s inner thoughts and intentions.
This Meetup will give you the power to:
• Answer the question of Jesus' identity more confidently.
• Elaborate why you believe what you do about Jesus.
• Explore the organic developments of early Christianity and alternative perspectives including Jewish Christianity and Gnostic perspectives.
What does “the historical Jesus” mean?
This simply refers to Jesus as he is presented through historical analysis and evidences, and not through divine revelation (personal or public). For example, an appropriate comment for this Meetup would be, “I believe that Jesus understood himself to be a prophet because of the two independent testimonies of this in the Gospel of Mark and Q.” A less appropriate comment would be, “I believe that Jesus understood himself to a prophet because the Bible/Quran says so, and whatever it says is true.”
• Learn about the earliest writings archaeologists have yet discovered that mention Jesus.
• Discover the written sources that were used by the authors of the New Testament Gospels.
• Learn about the influence of Paul on the Christian movement
• Understand the dynamics of Greek and Roman culture in the Jewish communities of 1st-century Palestine
• Hear the stories of early Christians and anti-Christians that have been captured in written history, the love that blossomed, the fights that erupted, and the reasons for advancing the positions as they did.
If you have been thinking about Jesus for such a long time, wondering who he was, imagining him saying certain things and doing certain things, or not saying and not doing certain other things, but find it difficult to articulate your reasons, then this group may be great for you!
Joining is easy!
Simply join this Meetup today. You don’t have to commit to going to any events yet. Join now so you don’t forget, and then participate later when you are ready.
Drip Denver graciously lets us use their loft for free. To show our appreciation, please come hungry and thirsty and buy some yummy stuff!... Also, there is free parking in the garage. The entrance is next to the entrance of the coffee shop.