Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Influenced by Crossan

I've just finished listening to an interview with John Dominic Crossan and although I've not read much of his work, I've reached some similar conclusions. I imagine that I've probably been influenced by him indirectly through others. Maybe the most important commonality is the assertion that Jesus is the defining point of what it means to be Christian, and not the Bible. That's not an easy relationship to live with, but it does take into account the fallibility of human texts without losing the significance of Jesus as the revelation of God, and as teacher, as lord and so on. I might have to add one of his books to my reading list when I've finished the current exercise.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

I have no issue with the notion that "Jesus is the defining point of what it means to be Christian". However since what we are able to learn about the divinity and work of Jesus comes from the Bible, and He endorsed the Scriptures, the notion that we can be followers of Jesus without reference and confidence in the Bible would create a form of religion based on false doctrine. It's not 'either or', but both in usison that create faith. Either the Bible is the Word of God and accurately protrays Christ as He is, or it is a 'human text' and we must doubt its portrayal of Jesus.