From the time I found out that Moses was a work of fiction, Christianity has fascinated me. Ironic then that, during the entire time I would have been considered a Christian, in the general cultural sense of vicars, sandwiches on the church lawn, and Church Parade with the scouts I never gave it a moment’s thought, which, I suspect, would be par for the course for practically all those I grew up with.
As I find history of this sort quite engrossing, I have read quite a lot, and watched just as much. Mostly on the internet. I have a few Jesus-type books, but when you have read one story of how Jesus was preaching in the Synagogue at 12 and amazing his elders with his wisdom (sic) you’ve read them all, pretty much. Therefore, it’s far easier to access the meatier and honest material via a mouse than having to plow through a zillion pages of rhetoric, and contrary to what some might have one believe, most of the really important stuff actually is freely available, and where you cannot get hold of the literature there is always Youtube. Let’s face it, even whining horrors the likes of William Lane Craig recognise the value of the video debate especially when you are trying to convince Fundamentalist Fence Sitters that , ”No, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Divinely Inspired/Commanded Genocide.”
So you’ve studied the Greek texts, maybe even extended yourself to Hebrew or Aramaic. You are au fait with all the ontological arguments, have immersed yourself in hermeneutics, and learned all about biblical exegeses.
But ultimately, it all boils down to the question of life after death. Heaven and Hell. And as there is much debate regarding the nature of Hell among Christian Cults and the I’m-not-religious-but-a- Jesus Follower-honestly! crowd we are really only talking about Heaven.
And of course, even if it is all true, and even you are a devout believer, you will never know until after you die whether you have actually passed muster and get to Pass GO
Everything else about Christianity is simply background noise.
So the only questions that remain are:
What is the point of Christianity and what is the point of being a Christian?
And while you are thinking of something to write … here’s Blue Oyster Cult.