The Pagan Christ: Is Blind Faith Killing Christianity?

The Pagan Christ: Is Blind Faith Killing Christianity?

The Pagan Christ: Is Blind Faith Killing Christianity?

The Pagan Christ: Is Blind Faith Killing Christianity?

Synopsis

A radical, ground-breaking examination of the role of ancient myth in the origins of Christianity, challenging the idea of the Gospels as historical truth - it will change the way many think about religion, faith, history, myth and belief.

Excerpt

My point, once again, is not that those ancient people
told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take
them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically
and we are now dumb enough to take them literally

— john dominic crossan, Who Is Jesus?

One day, in the late sixties, while I was teaching at the Toronto School of Theology's Wycliffe College, a very bright English student at Victoria College, in the University of Toronto, came to my study with an urgent matter to discuss. She was the daughter of a friend of mine and was enrolled in an undergraduate course taught by Northrop Frye, a course for which he was justly renowned. Her problem was that her rather conservative evangelical faith was being deeply challenged. the towering scholar, later to become internationally known in particular for his classic books on the Bible, was telling his classes with all his usual wit and verve that the Bible was not a document concerned with history but a vast collection of sublime myths and metaphors. Though I was far from following any form of fundamentalism, I remember trying to reassure her—not without difficulty—that there was indeed a pro-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.