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

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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.

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"This is an interesting and intriguing book, a clear and readable account..."--Theology Today

"This is a very good book, a book to be read by any Christians who want to have an informed opinion about the implications of historical scholarship for their faith."--Books and Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198263975
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Stephen Evans is William Spoelhof Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.

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Table of Contents

1 The Incarnational Narrative and the Problem of Its Historicity 1
2 Modernity's Responses to the Problem 27
3 Why the Events Matter: 1. History, Meaning, and Myth 47
4 Why the Events Matter: 2. God's Atoning Work 80
5 Awareness of the Narrative: Do We Need to Know? 98
6 Is the Incarnation Logically Possible? 116
7 Miracles: Their Possibility and Knowability 137
8 Critical History and the Supernatural 170
9 Epistemology and the Ethics of Belief 203
10 The Incarnational Narrative as Historical: Evidence for Belief 231
11 The Incarnational Narrative as Historical: Grounds for Belief 259
12 Putting the Two Stories Together 283
13 Historical Scholarship and the Layperson: A Case Study 302
14 Conclusions: Deeper Encounters with Historical Scholarship and Prospects for Apologetics 321
Works Cited 356
Index 368
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