Re: [GTh] defining Christianity
- Absolutely right, Dave.
At 06:35 18/01/2006 -0800, you wrote:
> Time and again, I find myself stumbling over the term "Christian",------------
> i.e. Christian Gnostic, Christian Jew, Pauline Christianity, etc.
> What is Christianity? Am I wrong in thinking Christianity is the
> worship of
> the Resurrected Jesus? I understand "Christ" is Greek for Messiah,
> but above and beyond that, the "Resurrection" is the foremost
> principal of
> Christianity; is it not? Past and present?
> Dave R.
Dr Simon Gathercole
Senior Lecturer in New Testament
University of Aberdeen
- David.. Yeah, I think your right.
I tend to think that the word christian in the
historical context started with Paul's mission. It was
unknown before that and the first followers would not
understand its use or meaning. I am still a member of
the ebionite yahoo group that you and I discoverd a
while back, and they don't buy into any of the
ressurection stuff, but I am not sure that is how 1st
or 2nd century Jewish followers felt. I am not
convinced that the ressurection story is only a
christian invention. It may be that James and the
apostles believed that it ocurred.
I think the living Jesus is much more interesting
- As I understand it, this is not exclusively a Christian concept, but is accepted Pharisaical theology which means that the principal cannot be the defining principal of the movement.
Resurrection is not even exclusive to that particular type of Religious thinking.
That the physical man Jesus was resurrected, as a demonstration of the
conquest of death, as also in the Lazarus story, may be ONE or the core beliefs.
But just the resurrection is not the defining value of Christianity
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