Andrew Carruth edited the table of contents of The Christ Conundrum: The Skeptic's Guide to Jesus Monday, April 25, 2011.
Timetable of Important Events
Chapter One: Making of the MessiahIsrael before the RomansFeatures of Judaism in Jesus’ timeReligious tension under the RomansPolitical and religious sects in the age of JesusThe GalileansCharismatic holy men
Chapter Two: Bias of the BiographersWhat is a gospel?Who wrote the gospels?When were the gospels written?How were the gospels written?Can we know anything about Jesus’ character from the gospels?Why does Jesus ride two donkeys?Are the gospels for or against Jewish law?
Chapter Three: When God is a ChildWas Jesus descended from David?Was Mary really a virgin?Was Jesus born in Bethlehem or Nazareth?What is it like being a child god?Why does Jesus’ family think he is mad?What happened to Jesus’ brother?
Chapter Four: What Jesus Really TaughtHow did Jesus teach?Was Jesus really a Jew?What did Jesus wear?Why does Jesus fight with the Pharisees?Did Jesus believe the end of the world was near?Was Jesus a failed prophet?How should we follow Jesus?Was Jesus the messiah?Did Jesus say that he was the Son of God?
Chapter Five: The Meaning of MiraclesWhat miracles did Jesus supposedly perform?What were the ancient causes and treatments of diseases?Could Jesus miraculously heal people?Could Jesus exorcise demons?What does Jesus’ control over nature symbolise?Could Jesus raise the dead?How unique are Jesus’ miraculous abilities?
Chapter Six: His Execution and ResurrectionHow did Jesus die?Why do the soldiers want Jesus’ underwear?Why did Jesus die?Was Pontius Pilate innocent or guilty of killing Jesus?Why were the Jews blamed for killing Jesus?Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
Chapter Seven: How Jesus Became GodWhat did the first disciples believe?How did the faith spread?Who was Paul of Tarsus?Did Paul think Jesus was God?What was Paul’s understanding of Jesus?When did Jesus first become divine?What was Paul’s influence on alternative Christianities?What did the Jewish Christians think about Paul?How was the battle of faith won?What factors contributed to the victory?
Epilogue – The Evolution of Faith
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