The Jesus Pie model is meant as an aid in exploring the “Jesus Myth”. Above is how I cut my Jesus Pie; it is how I understand the Bible’s reports about Jesus.
Free Offer: If anyone would like their own personalized Jesus Pie, send me your percentages. Just like my “Share your Beliefs” table, this diagram could be useful for believers and unbelievers alike.
The Model’s Caveats: Though I think this Jesus Pie model is a useful, it has two important caveats. After you read the caveats, please consider the challenge below to remedy them.
(1) The Bible is not homogenous: If I were to make a diagram like this for every book in the Christian New Testament, the percentages would vary widely. Thus, speaking about “The Bible” as if it is a homogenous work (as my diagram does) is a mistake. So for a more accurate exploration, we should discuss the NT book by book. (see my posts here, here and here):
(2) The Illusion of Quantitativeness: The diagram implies that I have actually categorized Bible verses and tallied them up. But I have done no such thing. I actually don’t have a clue how I’d give numbers to these categories. BUT, I am being honest — this is the image in my head today. I think many of us have brains that form these sort of quantitative impressions without using real numbers. So I am just exposing my intuitions. Exposing your intuitions can be important in exploring any idea.
Thomas Jefferson cut up his Bible and the Jesus Seminar did their famous 4-colors classification to judge Jesus’ words. Would anyone like to experiment with me and choose one Gospel to explore in terms of my four categories. We will see how difficult it is to apply the categories and perhaps change our Jesus Pies. By posting your intuitive Jesus Pie now and then rethinking after some exploration, you could then post a second Jesus Pie to illustrate your changes.