The Why & How of Christianity


Who was Jesus? Just another learned Jewish Rabbi or Mediterranean mystic? Did he really intend to found a church? Did his followers misunderstand his mission?

Drawing on recent biblical scholarship and research the emergence of the Christian faith tradition at a particular time in history will be traced. It's evolution into the early Christian church will be noted. Parallels with the other Abrahamic faith traditions Judaism and Islam will be discussed.

This course is not about promoting the virtues or otherwise of the Christian faith. Rodney Rutledge is a community worker and ordained Presbyterian Minister and former lecturer in Social Work at the University of Canterbury.