The person of Jesus part 1

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  • The person of Jesus
    • Miracles
      • No single word for ‘miracle’ in NW So, perhaps they aren't pointing to laws of nature being broken (as we understand miracles today) but as wonders
      • Should be taken as metaphorically
    • Resurrection
      • Resurrection cannot be analysed historically – it belongs to the category of faith thus, Sanders cannot take significance of it into account when arguing Christ's uniqueness
      • Resurrection is the deciding factor in Christ’s divinity being uniquely revealed.
      • Hick: Resurrection powerfully represents Christian hope,however only metaphorically. It is not unique in idea or claim.
      • looking closely at the historicity of  it + appreciate it as a way of understanding his life – perhaps he believed God would resurrect him and we should not ignore this.
    • Teacher of Wisdom and Authority
      • Wittgenstein-Jesus’ authority is derived from him as a teacher of wisdom. An idea has value only if it can be lived, experienced + practiced.
        • Jesus embodied the moral and spiritual and so was the ‘living word’
      • Hick: Appreciation of miracles as symbolic of his relationship w/ God allows for inter-faith dialogue
      • For Christianity to be taken seriously, we need to take away ideas of miracles, demons etc.  Then we are left w/ authentic Jesus, teacher of wisdom
      • If miracles of Christ are taken away what is there to give him authority beyond any other teacher of wisdom?
      • Tolstoy, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche – Authenticity is ‘real’. Jesus as teacher of wisdom isn't unrealistic
    • Teacher of Morality
      • Used parables, short sayings, actions, examples and healing to express moral message
      • Morality is about developing your character. You must analyse your motive
      • “The Sabbath was made for humankind, not humankind for the Sabbath”  Mark 2:27
      • People misused Sabbath rules to avoid social responsibility. Jesus argued in focusing on this religious duty people were avoiding their duty to humanity.
    • Liberator
      • Jesus as a revolutionary is debated
        • Matthew 5: 17-18“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them." 
      • Brandon- Jesus and the Zealots argued later writers made Jesus out to be a pacifist, toning down that he was in fact a politically-driven activist – a freedom fighter.
      • "If Jesus were alive today, he would be a Guerrillera”. Camillo Torres
    • Jesus as unique?
      • Historical Jesus – Christian claims of his uniqueness can't be proven through historical claims alone
      • Saunders:We can accept with argument Jesus’ greatness as a man, but we must stop well short of explaining his impact by appeal to absolutely unique personal qualities”
      • He is different to others of the time because of his teaching on God’s grace, hope for outcasts, + non-violence. NOT enough to class him as unique though.
      • Cone: Calling him the ‘black messiah’ is advantageous - it removes  problems in Christianity of claiming God revealed himself exclusively in Jesus
        • It overcomes problems of exclusiveness


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