Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New quest for historical Jesus draws skeptics and scholars

I can agree that no matter how hard we try, we will never know enough about Christ. The Christian's life goal is to answer the question "Who do you say that I am?". Our lives have a dynamic relationship with that answer because it is a personal revelation that changes our being.
This article is about a group of people, all from different backgrounds and different interests, taking up a scholarly approach in knowing who the "historical Jesus" is, which I guess is fine, but I wonder what their motives are.

The Jesus Project is trying to scientifically inquire about Jesus while at the same time excluding any theological perspective. Perhaps I'm too quick on my judgement, as I often am... but how can you learn of Christ if you don't acknowledge Who and What He is? In other words, to try to learn of the historical person of Christ while ignoring His Godhead is not really knowing Christ at all.

Excerpt from the article:
"Scholars now at the beginning of the twenty-first century are able to take advantage of a plethora of new texts, sources, and methods, including the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, various lost Gospels that are not in our New Testament, and a rich archeological record”.

Again, the issue I have is that the tradition held by any churches is completely and utterly ignored. Or perhaps this is a good thing considering how fragmented Christianity is today. Maybe they will find the understanding and practice of the early church and come to Orthodoxy the way the Evangelicals did.

Any comments?


Jason Kora said...

I agree that it isn't possible to truly "know" Christ while excluding his divinity. But it could be a good thing that these people are interested enough in the historical Jesus to find out more about him.

street theologian said...

So does that mean when Jesus said "I and my Father are one" he just didn't know. Actually though, I don't fear truth because even extra-Biblical sources will testify about Christ if they are true. The problem here is the agenda is predetermined