The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History / Edition 1

The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History / Edition 1

by C. Stephen Evans
     
 

The New Testament contains a story about Jesus of Nazareth. The Christian Church has always understood this narrative as the story of the Son of God, who redeemed the fallen human race by his life, death, and resurrection. Contemporary historical scholarship has, however, called into question the reliability of the church's version of the story; can such a story be

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Overview

The New Testament contains a story about Jesus of Nazareth. The Christian Church has always understood this narrative as the story of the Son of God, who redeemed the fallen human race by his life, death, and resurrection. Contemporary historical scholarship has, however, called into question the reliability of the church's version of the story; can such a story be historically true? After a careful reconsideration of the Enlightenment epistemologies that underlie much historical scholarship, this book argues that it can.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198263975
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/09/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,310,922
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1The Incarnational Narrative and the Problem of Its Historicity1
2Modernity's Responses to the Problem27
3Why the Events Matter: 1. History, Meaning, and Myth47
4Why the Events Matter: 2. God's Atoning Work80
5Awareness of the Narrative: Do We Need to Know?98
6Is the Incarnation Logically Possible?116
7Miracles: Their Possibility and Knowability137
8Critical History and the Supernatural170
9Epistemology and the Ethics of Belief203
10The Incarnational Narrative as Historical: Evidence for Belief231
11The Incarnational Narrative as Historical: Grounds for Belief259
12Putting the Two Stories Together283
13Historical Scholarship and the Layperson: A Case Study302
14Conclusions: Deeper Encounters with Historical Scholarship and Prospects for Apologetics321
Works Cited356
Index368

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