Religion: Myth in the Gospel?

The notion that much of the Bible is myth has long been held by some Protestant theologians, including the U.S.'s Paul Tillich and Germany's Rudolf Bultmann.

But this has rarely been stated flatly by a bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. For so saying, San Francisco's Bishop James A. Pike has been accused of heresy by some of his fellow Episcopalians. While Pike, an ex-lawyer and a convert from Roman Catholicism, has a well-demonstrated talent for starting controversy and making news, the issues at stake are real and deep.

Allergic Reaction. Pike first stated his views in the Christian Century, was attacked by...

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