Cutting Jesus Down to Size: What Higher Criticism Has Achieved and Where It Leaves Christianity

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Joseph Hoffmann has called Wells "the most articulate contemporary defender of the non-historicity thesis. Price and others.

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The classical historian R. Witt, reviewing The Jesus of the Early Christians in the Journal of Hellenic Studies , offered some criticisms but concluded that "Hellenists should welcome the appearance of this challenging book.

However, Wells' conclusions have been criticized by biblical scholars and ecclesiastical historians such as W. Frend and Robert E. Van Voorst.

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Voorst further critiques Wells work as "[Wells] advanced the non-historicity hypothesis, not for objective reasons, but for highly tendentious, anti-religious purposes. David Aikman from Patrick Henry College criticizes Wells' lack of expertise and objectivity: "Wells is not a New Testament specialist at all but a professor of German and a former chairman of the Rationalist Press Association. He has written several books rejecting the historicity of Jesus, a position almost no New Testament scholar endorses, even those who are radically opposed to Christianity.

After reviewing criticisms from several authors, atheist philosopher Michael Martin said that although "Wells's thesis is controversial and not widely accepted," his "argument against the historicity of Jesus is sound". Bart Ehrman, in his Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman stated: "The best-known mythicist of modern times — at least among the NT scholars who know of any mythicists at all — is George A.

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He has written many books and articles advocating a mythicist position, none more incisive than his book, Did Jesus Exist? Wells is certainly one who does the hard legwork to make his case: Although an outsider to NT studies, he speaks the lingo of the field and has read deeply in its scholarship. Although most NT scholars will not or do not consider his work either convincing or particularly well argued. Wells, 86, provided an answer to these points in an article in Free Inquiry.

George Albert Wells

Siddhesh Joshi Editor I am a simple man trying to live a simple life!!!!!! Updated on Jun 15, Like Comment Share. He died on 23 January at the age of Work on early Christianity Wells's fundamental observation is to suggest that the earliest extant Christian documents from the first century, most notably the New Testament epistles by Paul and some other writers, show no familiarity with the gospel figure of Jesus as a preacher and miracle-worker who lived and died in the recent decades.

Wells modified and expanded his initial thesis to include a historical Galilean preacher from the Q source: "I propose here that the disparity between the early documents and the gospels is explicable if the Jesus of the former is not the same person as the Jesus of the latter. Reception Co-author R. Out of print, not republished.

Pemberton Publishing, Prometheus Books , 1st ed. Robertson : Liberal, Rationalist and Scholar Pemberton, More than half the book p. Wells Prometheus, [1st ed.

Demolishing the historicity of Jesus – a short history… – confrontingbabbleon

XXII, No. XXX, No. Did He Even Live at All? Larue, ed. Jesus in Myth and History , pp. Wells, J. Robertson, , Liberal, Rationalist, and Scholar Pemberton, , pp. Wells, London, Feb. Wells relates Schopenhauer's view of the primacy of the will to Albert Schweitzer's claiming that the will is a transcendent reality at the basis of self-consciousness that provides immediate certainties — allowing us to connect with the "mighty spiritual force streaming forth from [Jesus Christ]", needing no longer to rely on the uncertain results of historical criticism concerning Jesus's message.