Monday, 31 August 2015

Dr Bob on the Historical Bejeezus and more

You can probably hear the screams of outrage from certain religious studies departments already. Robert M. Price features on the latest Religion for Life podcast.
One of the most interesting (and entertaining) scholars with two Ph. D.'s, Robert M. Price, talks with [John Shuck] about three books: The Historical Bejeezus: What A Long Strange Quest It Has Been, The Amazing Colossal Apostle: The Search for the Historical Paul, and Preaching Deconstruction: Sermons Employing the Deconstructive Philosophy of Jacques Derrida and The Death of God Theology of Thomas J. J. Altizer. The question is: how critical can you go? Taking critical methods of interpreting scripture and turning over every dogmatic stone, Robert M. Price exposes Jesus and Paul as composite literary characters. If Jesus of the gospels is mythical all the way down and Paul's letters were written by a patchwork of authors, what is one to preach? Why the liberation of deconstruction, of course. 

1 comment:

  1. The conventional wisdom has us seeing the earliest Christianity (life of Jesus, apostolic teaching in the AD 40's..) as most authentic.
    Logic: retrospective Gospels' patent fabrication, fuzzy details/dates = no real early data to work with.