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10 years ago  ::  Aug 06, 2008 - 9:53AM #1
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The Jesus Seminar was convened by Robert W. Funk in 1985 under the auspices of the Westar Institute to renew the quest of the historical Jesus and to report the results of its research to scholars and interested lay people. It has become a lightning rod for international debate about the "historical Jesus" - that is, the real facts about the person to whom various Christian gospels refer. The Seminar's project has been to evaluate the historical significance of every shred of evidence about Jesus from antiquity (about 30-200 CE). The present project of the Jesus Seminar is Christian Origins, how and where did Christianity begin? The focus of this forum will be the discussion of the research of the Jesus Seminar and its implications, however posts on related questions and issues will be discussed. Since the Westar Institute is a non-sectarian think tank, and due to the diversity of its membership, its accumulated research does not support any particular denominational or religious perspective. Participants in this forum should be somewhat knowledgeable about the Jesus Seminar research and should aim for an exchange of information and insights rather than debate unsupported speculation, doctrinal viewpoints and personal faith positions. Mike Short, Moderator Bob McElwain, Moderator

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