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On Redescribing Christian Origins

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According to Christian imagination, Christianity began when Jesus entered the world. There is a detailed elaboration the myth surrounding Christian origins. Since the Enlightenment, the effort to understand Christian origins has been pursued by scholars as a matter of historical and literary criticism. The New Testament account has slowly been dismantled. There is a discussion on the Catch-22 arising because of Christian mentality that the New Testament is taken as proof for the conventional picture of Christian origins. There is a discussion of entertaining another theory of Christian origin that gives the people their due. There is also a discussion on thinking about a Project that would cover various areas of investigation that are taken for granted as significant for understanding Christian origins. The work of redescription could make significant contributions to both New Testament studies as well as to the study of religion in general.

Keywords: Christian imagination; Christian Origins; New Testament



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