We are Forerunners. Guardians of all that exists. The roots of the Galaxy have grown deep under our careful tending. Where there is life, the wisdom of our countless generations has saturated the soil. Our strength is a luminous sun, towards which all intelligence blossoms... And the impervious shelter beneath which it has prospered.
My reading list of late has included a couple of books by one Emmet Scott which have not only cast doubt upon, but completely destroyed, the canonical origin story of Islam. It is now clear that the story of Mohammed, the so-called "prophet" of Islam, is complete bunk, and any serious inquiry into the rather obscure origins of that political ideology, which masquerades as a faith, would lead one to the conclusion that the canonical Mohammed simply did not exist.
By comparison, my reading of the Bible has made it clear that the Bible is not merely a source of moral and spiritual enlightenment. It is also, in many ways, a historical document.
There is certainly very solid ground for a dispassionate observer to argue that many of the core events recorded in the Bible were distorted or exaggerated, or simply did not happen. Nevertheless, it is clear that even the most outlandish events described in the Bible have a core of truth to them.
One good example would be the story of the Exodus from Egypt. We know, based on archaeological evidence, that a mass migration from Egypt of some kind did indeed occur around very roughly the 15th Century BC. While perhaps historical licence was taken with certain events described in the story of Exodus- precisely how much is a matter of conjecture, as far as I can tell- it is clear that the Old Testament, from the Book of Genesis all the way through, is heavily steeped in real historical events.
The same, as far as I know, is to be said of the New Testament- even more so, in fact, given that the canonical New Testament consists of Gospels and epistles written within under 200 years of the Crucifixion, while authorship of the Old Testament appears to span something like 800 years (very roughly speaking).
The historicity of Jesus Christ, in particular, is of considerable interest to me. As I have pointed out before, the Resurrection is the keystone upon which the entire Christian faith is built. Now, based on observation and reading, I conclude that Christianity is indeed based on rigourous, axiomatic principles that are derived from the undeniable existence of a just and lawful Creator.
However, in order to fully examine these foundations, I am most curious to see how closely the historical Christ matches what we know of the Biblical Christ.
With this in mind, I pose a serious question to any knowledgeable reader who might happen to know of some good material on the subject: if you had to figure out whether Christ really was as He is described in the New Testament, where would you start? This article provides some rather good references that seem useful to begin a search for the historical Jesus. If you have others that you have read and enjoyed, I would be willing to give them a go.
If you have reading recommendations, by all means please stick them in the comments below, or send me an email.