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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)

The existence of the man Jesus of Nazareth with a personality approximating to that with which he is portrayed in the Gospels.

  1. There is no problem in accepting the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. The credibility of the extreme sceptical theories that doubted this has been demolished.
  2. The only problem with establishing a clear view of Jesus' personality, assuming that the various gnostic or other apocryphal lives of Jesus bear no relation to the truth, is that the portrait of Jesus in the Gospel of John is radically different to that in the Synoptics.
  3. While it is easy to appreciate the theological intentions of evangelists, it is difficult to see how the different personality traits recorded in John and the Synoptics could cohere in the same individual, especially in situations (eg. Gethsemane) where the differences would seem to be mutually exclusive.

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