Many of us may be interested in David Hamilton’s recent post of a list of “lessons learned” from his reading of Eric Zuesse’s Christ’s Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.
This work argues Paul’s letter to Galatians effectively marks the birth of Christianity. [Eric Zuesse has since commented that I am flat wrong here -- see his comment below. 12:00 pm]
I had a different perspective on the book that I may discuss some time here, but till then have a look and a think about David’s views.
One note from David:
I found Eric’s methodology to be interesting, but not quite convincing. He is onto one thing though: even scholars who claim to not be captured by confessional interests still do not question all of their assumptions, such as the assumption that Paul was (or was not) honest.