Who was Jesus?
Historical sources portray a person who was complex, multi-layered, and often contradictory to the tidy portrait that much of modern Christianity paints him as. Even the gospel accounts render him as both judge and healer, teacher and temple, servant and savior.
A Doubter's Guide to Jesus is a persuasive and often challenging investigation into the historical figure found in the earliest sources. These sources, which include references both direct and indirect--from Roman, Jewish, and Christian accounts--offer us more than simple evidence that Jesus existed; they begin to form a picture that is both deeply credible and profoundly counterintuitive.
Each chapter explores the evidence for a different aspect of the most influential figure in human history, exploring:
The goal is not to turn Jesus into something neater, more systematic and digestible; but to see him more clearly as someone who stretches our imaginations, confronts our beliefs, and challenges our lifestyles.
After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box--and this is as challenging as it is deeply compelling.