There is a lot of talk these days about the truth of Scripture and how the Emergent Church movement has made pockmarks in the faiths of a whole generation. They deny Genesis and the creation account. They tell us that truth is really different for each of us. They tell us that doctrine and truth are ugly, and that it's really all about love and relationships. (Never mind that Jesus told us we must put Him above family and friends.) But once these liberal theologians began denying the historicity of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jonah, the flood, etc., their followers began to wonder, "what else could be a fable?" And this is where those with Liberal theology end up. Do a little word search in this article and tell me if you can spot the words :Liberal Theologians.
A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against Jesus’
This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity.
At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a “historical Jesus” became mythologized.
For over 200 years, a wide ranging array of theologians and historians—most of them Christian—analyzed ancient texts, both those that made it into the Bible and those that didn’t, in attempts to excavate the man behind the myth. Several current or recent bestsellers take this approach, distilling the scholarship for a popular audience. Familiar titles include Zealotby Reza Aslan and How Jesus Became Godby Bart Ehrman.
But other scholars believe that the gospel stories are actually “historicized mythology.” In this view, those ancient mythic templates are themselves the kernel. They got filled in with names, places and other real world details as early sects of Jesus worship attempted to understand and defend the devotional traditions they had received.