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Explain why some scholars think there is a difference between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.

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´╗┐Explain why some scholars think there is a difference between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. While some theologians such as James Cone believe that the distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith is a mistake, other theologians, including the Quest theologians, believe that the distinction is valid. Some theologians, such as Rudolf Bultmann holds the view that the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith should not be confused, as they believe that the claims made in the creeds that Jesus died for the sins of the world are not historical but are merely theological ideas. ...read more.

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In short, what Bultmann is saying is that it is the Church?s reflection on the risen Christ which is the basis and cornerstone of Christian faith rather than the historical Jesus himself. In other words, as the Jesus scholar John Meier puts it, ?the Jesus of history is the ?actual man? while the Christ of faith is the reconstructed image (our version of Jesus).? Quest theologians, such as J.S. Reimarus and William Wrede, went even further. They believe that there is a significant difference between the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith. As opposed to Bultmann, quest theologians believe that the difference is not resulted by our lack of knowledge of the historical Jesus; they believe that there is a difference between the historical ...read more.

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Sanders, believe that the difference between the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith is necessary. This is because when we talk about the historical Jesus, we are talking about a man who must have operated within the constraints of history and the laws of science. To claim anything else is to move outside the rational realm, i.e. if we move from the historical Jesus to the Christ of faith, we would result in a philosophical error. In conclusion, there are many scholars who think there is a difference between the historical Jesus and the Christ o faith. They have different reasons for this belief, including our lack of knowledge of the historical Jesus, the existence of evidence that suggests that Jesus was not the messiah and the philosophical difference between the notion of Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. ...read more.

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