Back to the Future: Jesus and Heresy
Fall 1999; Once & Future Jesus Conference
Historical criticism has given us a Jesus both less and more than we ever imagined. If we reliably have fewer of his words and deeds, we also have more of his afterlife as seen in the hearts and minds of his followers. Of the diverse ways these followers thought and lived, early Christian controversies supposedly weeded out the “wrong” ways, instituting a foundation of “orthodoxy.” But controversies about the “real Jesus” seem far from over, and the so-called heresies of the earliest Christians may be as popular as ever.
The results of historical criticism offer resources beyond the narrow politics of dogmatism and orthodoxy. But they also suggests a need for reflection about our own use of the rhetoric of imagining the future. What do these results bode for the future?
Format: 1 CD; 80 minutes