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Looking between the lines of Church history and the New Testament.

The narrative that Christianity is based on includes assumptions that are easy to miss, assumptions that are also fundamental premises.

Like the idea that this religion is well connected with the man we all know as Jesus.

This podcast puts that narrative into straight forward terms, and applies critical thinking to see if it makes sense.

Premise: it’s supposed to make sense.

And if it doesn’t, in behind the Church’s story there might be a cohesive, credible story that does make sense.

Christianity is open for critique

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Looking between the lines of Church history and the New Testament.

The narrative that Christianity is based on includes assumptions that are easy to miss, assumptions that are also fundamental premises.

Like the idea that this religion is well connected with the man we all know as Jesus.

This podcast puts that narrative into straight forward terms, and applies critical thinking to see if it makes sense.

Premise: it’s supposed to make sense.

And if it doesn’t, in behind the Church’s story there might be a cohesive, credible story that does make sense.

Christianity is open for critique

    8b) Acts of the Spotlight Part 2

    8b) Acts of the Spotlight Part 2

    "They added nothing to my message."



    The exclusive gospel of Paul.


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    • 23 min
    8) Acts of the Spotlight Part 1

    8) Acts of the Spotlight Part 1

    Tracing the belief system of Christianity back in time, how do we get from Antioch to Jerusalem ?    It’s about what people were thinking.   There’s a group of people in Jerusalem who need to have believed pretty much the same things that people were believing in Antioch.


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    • 26 min
    CHURCH NOTICE

    CHURCH NOTICE

    This is notice of a public challenge to the Christian Church, bringing into question its past conduct in regards to the handling of certain books.

    To the Church of old:   The story you passed on to us about a first century Jewish movement… 

    was it faithfully told?



    REFUTE THIS THESIS.

     

    The premise of the thesis is that two distinct movements can be identified within New Testament documents,

    because the evidence is there to differentiate between them.

    By the time most of the New Testament documents were written, one of these movements was working in opposition to the other.

    They added narrative to the story to condemn the other. They made it clear that this was not one movement, with a good relationship between Jews and Gentiles.

    One of these movements was the one the disciples of Jesus had been involved in.

    The other one was not.

    The other one was Christianity.

    Christianity is the wrong one,

    if the premise is correct.



    This thesis is presented as a podcast.   It's open to contribution and requires argument for the other side.

    Its conclusion is that there is something fundamentally wrong with Christianity.

    Can you demonstrate that there’s something wrong with the thesis?

    Are the core doctrines of Christianity built on the teaching of the man we call Jesus?

    If you're a learned Christian, speak up for listeners who are waiting to hear the Christian response.

    Take the challenge.

    Choose any assertion made in the podcast, or respond to the whole premise,

    and send it in as a voice message.

    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/a-challenge-to-the-church/id1471102028?i=1000479828708

    If it's instructive and concise, it will remain as part of the podcast, to provide a more balanced view of things. 




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    • 13 min
    7) A Tenuous Connection

    7) A Tenuous Connection

    The story that Christian belief is centred on,   

    does it reach back to Jesus?


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    • 38 min
    6) Early Church History

    6) Early Church History

    The story begins.

    What did Peter and John and the other disciples of Jesus go on to do?

    ... Where did they go?

    Introducing Paul, and his doctrine.




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    • 42 min
    5b) Messiah. (Part 2)

    5b) Messiah. (Part 2)

    What did they believe?



    Image:   'What is Truth?',  a painting by Nikolai Nikolaievich, 1890


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    • 43 min

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