(Guest post by PX Chirho)
From today until Easter, as is tradition for the blog, we will be re-publishing a series of essays IÂ wroteÂ from an apologist’s perspective defending theÂ trustfulnessÂ of certain claims about the life of Jesus. This is part 1: A Introduction to Historical Jesus studies.Â
Who is Jesus Christ? What did he do? What did he say? What does it mean to me? These are the most important questions that we can ask related to the Christian faith. As William Lane Craig has put it:
The Christian religion stands or falls with the person of Jesus Christ. Judaism could survive without Moses, Buddhism without Buddha, Islam without Mohammed; but Christianity could not survive without Christ. (Craig, Reasonable Faith 2 edtion, pg 287)
This is due to the fact that Christianity, unlike other religions, places emphasis on actual spacio-temporal events in physical testable history, Â such as the Crucifixion of Christ. So the question that follows is a series of essays I originally wrote for SCAE that have been collected and expanded for this introduction to the historical Jesus. They include, â€œThe authorship of the Gospelsâ€, â€œthe Miracles of Jesusâ€, â€œWho did Jesus think he wasâ€, and a historical case for the resurrection of Christ called â€œIn Defence of Easterâ€.