Readings: Arthur Rowe, Essence of Jesus, Chapter 7, "Jesus of History and Christ of Faith", Pages 151-176; Richard Elliot Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible?, pages 217-245
What is meant by the "Christ of faith?"
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There is compelling evidence that Jesus was a historical figure, and not a fictitious literary character. There is, of course, a great divergence of views and opinions on who he was. Depending on the perspective, denominational affiliation, personal background, individual qualities and inclinations, those opinions may range anywhere from the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity to a wandering preacher to a political leader to a false prophet, to name just a few possibilities. However, no matter what we think of Jesus in history, we cannot deny that his name, his teachings, his life, and his sayings as recorded in the Gospels have helped to shape the world we live in to a significant degree. In other words, Jesus has become a reality, which is still extremely relevant even though the historical Jesus died on a cross almost two thousand years ago....
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