Scholarship on the life of Jesus?

Scholarship on the life of Jesus?

There are 1 comment on the Examiner.com story from Feb 23, 2013, titled Scholarship on the life of Jesus?. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

Atheists may be somewhat surprised to find that the most rigorously-skeptical group that is trying to reconstruct the life of Jesus is the Christian scholarly community. Of course, that community doesn't actually cut across all denominations. Those who oppose scholarship in general are inclined to complain loudly when it is pointed out by someone like Bishop John Shelby Spong of the Episcopal Church that there is no proof that their dogmatic teachings are true ...

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Feb 24, 2013
Bishop Spong's "Scholarship"

1. Theism, as a way of defining God, is dead. So most theological God-talk is today meaningless. A new way to speak of God must be found.

2. Since God can no longer be conceived in theistic terms, it becomes nonsensical to seek to understand Jesus as the incarnation of the theistic deity. So the Christology of the ages is bankrupt.

3. The Biblical story of the perfect and finished creation from which human beings fell into sin is pre-Darwinian mythology and post-Darwinian nonsense.

4. The virgin birth, understood as literal biology, makes Christ's divinity, as traditionally understood, impossible.

5. The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity.

6. The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.

7. Resurrection is an action of God. Jesus was raised into the meaning of God. It therefore cannot be a physical resuscitation occurring inside human history.

8. The story of the Ascension assumed a three-tiered universe and is therefore not capable of being translated into the concepts of a post-Copernican space age ...

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