Introduction to Christology 101 — Who Is Jesus? And How Do We Know He’s Real?| National Catholic Register

This is the third article in a multipart series; see the first and second articles here. As we continue this guided study of Christology, the theological investigation of the person and natures of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, we need to address one question for which we need a firm answer: Is this man, Jesus of Nazareth, an actual historical figure? There are still some people who question whether or not Jesus was actually a real person. For some of these writers, Jesus is just as fictional as the Greek, Roman or Norse gods. He was made up by the early Christians, by men like Paul of Tarsus, to be the center of this new religion, an offshoot of Judaism that eventually became acceptable to the Roman world and spread throughout the world in its wake. There seems to be more and more “specials” on television that call into question the actual historical existence of Jesus. Notice that this questioning becomes more and more intense around the major feasts of our faith — the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) and the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter). Yes, we have suffered through Dan Brown’s blatantly misinformed novel, The Da Vinci Code (2003) and the “Naked Archaeologist” Simcha Jacobovici’s pseudo-scientific documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus (2007). We have read the articles that come out occasionally in popular magazines and we can see these types of books in the religion section of Barnes and Noble.

Introduction to Christology 101 — Who Is Jesus? And How Do We Know He’s Real?| National Catholic Register

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