I am a Christian whose avocation is Biblical scholarship. A few years ago I found myself in a crisis of faith when I realized the extent to which the scriptures disagree both with each other and "outside" sources on matters of both historical and scientific fact. The study I undertook has had a profound influence on me.It has frequently surprised me, sometimes astonished me and always intrigued me. It has shaken the foundations of my faith and forced me to re-examine it in almost every aspect. It has also renewed my faith and enabled me to go on as a Christian. Someone has said that "the unexamined faith is no faith at all". I am now able to discriminate between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. I know that we will never be able to completely recover the Jesus of history but I also know that the Christ is the product of believers speaking to believers out of a profoundly deep conviction. A mythology may not be true to history but it can certainly be true to a loving relationship with God.