Who Founded Christianity: Jesus or Paul?
GJM: Who really was the founder of Christianity? Was it Paul or Jesus of Nazareth? Where does the evidence point?
DW: Of course, it was Jesus! Paul saw himself as
a ‘slave’ of Jesus Christ, and the idea of Paul founding Christianity
makes no sense at all: it was a vibrant growing movement before he ever
joined it; indeed that is why he tried to eliminate the movement. And
after his conversion he was in no position to turn Christianity into a
new religion, even if he had wanted to, since he was an outsider not at
all involved in the Jerusalem leadership of the church. But he would not
have wanted to change Jesus’ religion, because he discovered its truth
on the Damascus Road and was personally overwhelmed by the love of