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The Christian Myth: Origins, Logic and Legacy
This narrative exploration traces Burton Mack's intellectual evolution from an analyst of ancient texts to a scholar searching for the motives and interests of Jesus's followers who composed those texts, and for the social logic of the Christian myths they created.
Published September 1st 2003 by Continuum
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For Burton Mack, the quest for the historical Jesus is a dead end. It presupposes that the gospels were attempts to actually relate a history or biography of Jesus. Instead, Mack shows that the gospels were literay constructs that served a specific purpose for a community engaging in the making of a new religion. Mack believes that this community eventually "won out" in the theological struggles with the original Christians that were the community that wrote Q. So a community that began with a r ...more