Abandon Studying the Historical Jesus? No, We Need History
Third, history cannot compel faith. But it is very good at clearing away the smoke screens behind which unfaith often hides. History and faith are, respectively, the left and right feet of Christianity. Modernism hops, now on this foot (skeptical "historiography"), now on that (unhistorical "faith"). It's tiring, dangerous, and unnecessary. Puzzle: I think Scot believes this too.
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This article is a response to Scot McKnight's cover story on "The Jesus We'll Never Know."
Previous Christianity Today articles on Jesus include:
King Jesus the Disguised | There's a reason it's not easy to spot him. (December 22, 2006)
The Jesus I'd Prefer to Know | Searching for the historical Jesus and finding oneself instead. (December 7, 2008)
The Jesus We Never Got | Elijah stands for what I want in a God: someone to offer an escape route around life's messiest problems. By Philip Yancey (December 8, 1997)
Previous CT articles by or about N. T. Wright include:
Heaven Is Not Our Home | The bodily resurrection is the good news of the gospel—and thus our social and political mandate. (March 24, 2008)
Mere Mission | N.T. Wright talks about how to present the gospel in a postmodern world. (January 5, 2007)
What Is This Word? | The incomprehensible, intimate Christmas story. (December 21, 2006)