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"...this is a book I can recommend. It raises many legitimate issues..." -- Internet Bookwatch, July, 2001
In DECONSTRUCTING JESUS, author Robert M. Price argues that liberal Protestant scholars who produce reconstructions of the "historical Jesus" are, as Albert Schweitzer pointed out long ago, creating their own Jesus icons to authorize a liberal religious agenda. Christian faith, whether fundamentalist or theologically liberal, invariably tends to produce a Jesus capable of playing the role of a religious figurehead.
In this way, "Jesus Christ" functions as a symbolic cloak for several hidden agendas. This is no surprise, Price demonstrates, since the Jesus Christ of the gospels is very likely a fictional amalgam of several first-century prophets and messiahs, as well as of purely mythic Mystery Cult redeemers and Gnostic Aions. To show this, Price follows the noted scholar Burton Mack's outline of a range of "Jesus movements" and "Christ cults," showing the origins of each one's Jesus figures and how they may have finally merged into the patchwork savior of Christian dogma.
Finally, Price argues that there is good reason to believe that Jesus never existed as a historical figure, and that responsible historians must remain agnostic about a "historical Jesus" and what he stood for.See all Editorial Reviews
Superb stuff, blissfully untainted with the brush of bias so understandably prevalent in orthodoxy.
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There is no doubt that Christianity is the biggest fraud ever visited upon humanity, exceeded only by Islam. And this book gently reveals it so as not to offend believers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jaysonrex
Robert McNair Price (born 1954) is a former Baptist minister who teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Steven H Propp
I believe this is one of the first books where Robert M. Price touches on the subject of the historicity of Jesus. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by T. K. Mikkelsen
Robert M. Price has a knack for coming up with intriguing hypotheses when it comes to Biblical criticism. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by KJ
Scholars who do not accept the historicity of the Gospels are probing in two different directions. On one hand we have those who consider that Jesus is a myth. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Chris Albert Wells
This is another indispensable contribution from Dr. Price. Here he traces the lines of evidence back to a plurality of preorthodox Christian sociological and cultural phenomena... Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Will F.
In the vein of Burton Mack's _Who wrote the Old Testament?_ Robert Price's strong dose of Biblical Criticism pursues the phantom to deeper depths, resulting in something close to... Read morePublished on December 16, 2004 by John C. Landon
It isn't that Robert Price hasn't studied the subject of Christian origins--he certainly has, and he's even been a born-again Christian. Read morePublished on October 29, 2003