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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELG 101
Professor
Rumee Ahmed
Semester
Fall

Description
Religions of the World • Christianity o Gnostic: belief that Jesus didn’t come in the flesh  A spiritual being o Gospel of Judas: Judas understood that Jesus had to be crucified, the other  disciples didn’t understand o Dead sea scrolls – Isaiah Scroll  Doesn’t tell us about Jesus, valuable for giving us the context • Spiritual sensibility at work in the day  Bible hasn’t changed much o Secret Gospel of Mark o Tom Harpur – The Pagan Christ  “The closer one gets to Jesus’ alleged time, the greater and more  general is the denial or ignorance of his existence” (161) • The myth is more important o Gospel: good news, about Jesus, came to earth and saved people from  their sins o Pagan: polytheistic, not the Jews • Sources
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