Re: historicity of Christ

From: Moorad Alexanian (
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 15:46:42 EDT

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    I have a book at home which is very good and deals directly with this
    subject. I will send you the title when I get it. Ask your friend to use the
    same criteria he used to rule out Christ as a historical figure to all other
    alleged, historical figures. I am curious to find out how many are left.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Charles Carrigan <>
    To: American Scientific Affiliation <>
    Date: Monday, June 11, 2001 3:20 PM
    Subject: historicity of Christ

    >This is probably not the most appropriate forum for this question, but I
    can't think of a better place. So here goes......
    >A very good friend of mine has recently rejected his Christian faith. He
    has done this, so he says (and I have no reason to doubt him), because after
    researching the historicity of Christ and the gospels and Paul, he can no
    longer believe that the person of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by traditional
    Christianity was an historical figure. Instead, he now believes that
    Christianity has its roots in pagan and mythical cultures, combined with
    neo-Platonism and Judaism of the time. I'm not an apologist, nor am I a
    scholar of biblical literature or history or whatever else that might be
    appropriate. He has given me a laundry list of literature on the subject,
    which I have neither the time nor the energy to pursue. (He has mentioned
    writings by Robert M. Price, Charles Templeton, and many others). So I'm
    looking for someone who has seriously researched these issues and can
    perhaps provide some information for me to pass along.
    >Charles W. Carrigan
    >Univ. of Michigan - Department of Geological Sciences
    >2534 C.C. Little Bldg.
    >425 E. University Ave.
    >Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1063
    >"The point of having an open mind, like an open mouth,
    > is to close it on something solid."
    > -G.K. Chesterton

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