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Single Idea 7606

[catalogued under 29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 4. Christianity / a. Christianity]

Full Idea

Jesus himself certainly never claimed to be God, and the doctrine that Jesus had been God in human form was not finalised until the fourth century.

Gist of Idea

The idea that Jesus was God was only settled in the fourth century


Karen Armstrong (A History of God [1993], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Armstrong,Karen: 'A History of God' [Mandarin 1993], p.98

A Reaction

It was this final view which seems to have provoked Muhammed into developing a religion with the slogan "there is only one God". In Christianity an initially promising set of teachings grew into a prolonged irrational hysteria.