Tuesday, December 16, 2008


St. Paul?

Some historians say that if there was no St. Paul, there would be no Christianity today. Do you agree?

That's a very good follow-up question to the previous one about "Jesus' bones".

In short, no, I don't quite agree. The Pauline letters did give Christianity a doctrinal focus, and so helped define the religion in a practical sense. I don't doubt, though, that had Paul's letters not been written, the Gospels and the remainder of the New Testament would or could still have come to be the focus or starting point of a religion called Christianity. How that religion would differ from the one that exists today is another interesting question.

I am still of the opinion, however, that the four Gospels and the rest of the New Testament are not historical truth, but rather forgeries or imaginative writings of some sort, certainly not of divine origin. Who wrote them and why is also an interesting question.
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