A Doubter's Guide to Jesus
A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times,...
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A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times, contradictory figure. While some might be troubled by this, fearing that plurality equals incomprehensibility or unreliability, others take it as an invitation to do some rearranging for themselves, trying to make Jesus neater, more systematic and digestible.
After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box. He is destined to stretch our imaginations, confront our beliefs, and challenge our lifestyles for many years to come.
In A Doubter's Guide to Jesus readers will find themselves both disturbed and intrigued by the images of Jesus found in the first sources.
John was the Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity and now is a Senior Consultant to CPX. He has a degree in theology and a PhD in ancient history. An ordained Anglican minister, he was a Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University (2005-17), a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2017-18), and teaches a course on the Historical Jesus for the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. He has hosted two nationally televised documentaries and authored more than a dozen books.
- <p><em>a Doubter's Guide To Jesus</em> Is An Introduction To The Major Portraits Of Jesus Found In The Earliest Historical Sources. <em>portraits</em> Because Our Best Information Points Not To A Tidy, Monolithic Jesus, But To A Complex, Multi-layered And, At Times, Contradictory Figure. While Some Might Be Troubled By This, Fearing That Plurality Equals Incomprehensibility Or Unreliability, Others Take It As An Invitation To Do Some Rearranging For Themselves, Trying To Make Jesus Neater, More Systematic And Digestible.</p> <p>after Two Millennia Of Spiritual Devotion And More Than Two Centuries Of Modern Critical Research, We Still Cannot Fit Jesus Into A Box. He Is Destined To Stretch Our Imaginations, Confront Our Beliefs, And Challenge Our Lifestyles For Many Years To Come.</p> <p>in <em>a Doubter's Guide To Jesus</em> Readers Will Find Themselves Both Disturbed And Intrigued By The Images Of Jesus Found In The First Sources.</p>