Ernest Renan

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In existographies, Ernest Renan (132-63 BE) (1823-1892 ACM) (IQ:170|#426) (Cattell 1000:455) (PR:2,969|65AE / philosopher:168) (RMS:62) (TL:4) was a French Semitic languages scholar, noted for work on Averroes (1852) and his Life of Jesus (1864) which showed that the Bible was written over a long period of time.


In 1864, Renan, in his Life of Jesus, established conclusively that the Bible was written over a long period of time, spanning perhaps as much as a millennium, finally assembled in a haphazard manner. He is said to have made connections between Mithra and Christ, or Mithraism and Christianity.[1]

Renan has been characterized as the chief of the German “higher criticism” school, which systematically studied the origins and sources of the Bible.


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The following are quotes on Renan:

“I am not interested in the theological Christ. Brilliant minds like Bauer, Strauss, Renan, Thomas Paine, and others, refuted that myth long ago. The theological Christ, however, is less dangerous than the ethical and social one. But the ethical and poetical Christ myth has so thoroughly saturated our lives that even some of the most advanced minds find it difficult to emancipate themselves from its yoke.”
— Emma Goldman (1916), “The Philosophy of Atheism”; cited by Jennifer Hecht (2003) in Doubt: a History (pg. 440)
“Sketches on the history of atomism in biology; at a glance the history of ideas relating to the origin of monsters; remarks on the concept of the germ of Leeuwenhoek, Descartes and biology; Diderot and biology; the conception of man according as Helvetius and Diderot; Montesquieu and biology; a precursor of Mendel: the pharmacist Coladon; Cournot and biology; Renan’s precursor scientific work; the remains of the natural history of creation; Bechamp and Soviet biology; return to Bacon.”
— Jean Rostand (1956), Atomism in Biology
“Muslims cannot hide forever from the philosophical implications of the insights of Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, Feuerbach, and Renan. Hume’s writings on miracles are equally valid in the Islamic context. What of the rise of the critical method in Germany in the nineteenth century, and its application to the study of the Bible and religion in general? When biblical scholars say that Jonah never existed or that Moses did not write the Pentateuch, then, implicitly, the veracity of the Koran is being called into question.”
— Ibn Warraq (1995), Why I Am Not a Muslim (pg. 33)

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  1. Porter, Stanley E. and Bedard, Stephen J. (2006). Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea (Renan, pg. 101). Clements.

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