Might Jesus have been a kind of philosopher – one in the Cynic tradition, even? After all, Jesus didn’t write anything bar a few doodles in the sand, a fact he shares with Socrates, another figure who changed western civilisation. In our syncretistic times, might remembering some of Christianity’s origins be of use?
Mark Vernon is a writer, journalist, author and faculty member at The School of Life. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England, left an atheist, and is now agnostic. He is also an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London.