SolaDeoGloria wrote:Christianity, even taken as an ideology apart from the historicity of Scripture, is indeed very much different from other ideologies.
I think "Christianity taken as ideology" is not true to who Jesus was. My Christianity is rooted in the real person of Jesus as the way to relate to God. I believe that love, peace, and righteousness will prevail because Jesus actually lived toward the Kingdom of God as love, peace, and righteousness. Love, peace, and righteousness are not mere ideals. In faith, they are the real stuff of God that I can live my life toward because and only because Jesus actually lived them.
If you remove historical Jesus from that, then profound love, profound peace, and profound righteousness are just abstract ideals that we connect with mere stories about Jesus, and there would be no reason for Christians to believe that love, peace, and righteousness will actually prevail.
In comparison, one could just as easily connect those ideals with the stories of the Star Trek universe as a secular humanist vision for the future.
Or, perhaps one could create a whole bunch of laws designed to steer us toward those ideals.
Either way, they would only be ideals with no connection to reality. Without historical Jesus, "Christian" faith would be just as empty as faith in the visionary stories of Star Trek or faith in a bunch of human created laws.