Jesus Without Christianity
Mondays, April 16 – May 7, 7:00-9:30 pm with Rev. Shawn Newton
Theodore Parker, the great Unitarian minister of the 19th century, said that he was more interested in the religion of Jesus than the religion about Jesus. Much effort has been made in the past two centuries to better understand what (little) we know of the historical, Jewish Jesus, apart from the Christians traditions that have developed over the past two millennia. This four-week workshop will endeavour to demonstrate how it is that Jesus became “Christ” and how his religious movement became Christianity.
The text for the course will be Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong. Copies of the book will be available for sale in the Book Shop during coffee hour. There is no assigned reading for the first session, though participants are welcome to begin the book, if they wish.