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Wells, George Albert 1926-

Overview
Works: 65 works in 216 publications in 3 languages and 6,022 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Controversial literature  Essays  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BT303.2, 232.908
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Most widely held works about George Albert Wells
 
Most widely held works by George Albert Wells
Language : its origin and its relation to thought by F. R. H Englefield( Book )

14 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historical evidence for Jesus by George Albert Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this thoroughly researched study, G.A. Wells has squarely faced the question of whether a man named Jesus lived, preached, healed, and died in Palestine during the early years of the first century of the Christian era, or indeed at any time. Building on the biblical studies of Christian theologians, Dr. Wells soberly demonstrates that we have no reliable eyewitnesses to the events depicted in the New Testament. The Historical Evidence for Jesus is not a frontal attack on Christians per se; rather it is an easily understood but scholarly examination of the evidence for many long-accepted notions about the "biography" of the man called Jesus. This book takes up and quotes extensively from the Epistles and the Gospels of the New Testament, thus letting the evidence speak for itself in words familiar to every Bible reader. - Jacket flap
Did Jesus exist? by George Albert Wells( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jesus of the early Christians : a study in Christian origins by George Albert Wells( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 1979 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin of language : aspects of the discussion from Condillac to Wundt by George Albert Wells( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1999 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herder and after : a study in the development of sociology by George Albert Wells( Book )

14 editions published in 1959 in English and Dutch and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mind at work and play by F. R. H Englefield( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who was Jesus? : a critique of the New Testament record by George Albert Wells( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do we know about the historical origins of Christianity? How reliable are the 27 books of the New testament? Is Jesus a historical or a legendary figure?In the last 150 years, scholars have established many facts about the New testament, facts still largely unknown to the general public or to most church members. They have shown that the letters of Paul are earlier than the gospels and that many of the gospel stories about Jesus were unknown to Paul, that the earliest New Testament gospel is Mark and that the other gospels draw upon Mark and a now-lost gospel scholars call "
The Jesus myth by George Albert Wells( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does the New Testament story of Jesus contain any elements of historical truth, or is it pure legend' The author presents the "mythicist" view. He contends that the accounts of Jesus in the four canonical gospels not only contradict each other, but are also not in harmony with the earliest Christian documents. He argues that the gospels were composed after AD 70 by unknown individuals who could not have been eye-witnesses to the events they describe
The plays of Grillparzer by George Albert Wells( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and Multiple languages and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Plays of Grillparzer
The Jesus legend by George Albert Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did Jesus actually exist as a historical personage roughly corresponding to the various stories given in the four New Testament gospels? Was he really born In Bethlehem and crucified by Pilate? These questions are usually answered with an unqualified 'yes', and often with an expression of outrage or ridicule that any such doubts could even be voiced. Yet it is considered quite normal to question the historical existence of other legendary figures, such as King Arthur or
Religious postures : essays on modern Christian apologists and religious problems by George Albert Wells( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belief and make-believe : critical reflections on the sources of credulity by George Albert Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do so many people - sometimes even intelligent people - swallow the preposterous claims of religion? G.A. Wells, the leading freethinker of our time, tries to shed light on this puzzle in his entertaining and enormously learned book, Belief and Make-Believe. Professor Wells begins by analyzing the nature of belief. To dispel popular confusions on the relation between words and thoughts, he compares the thinking process of scientists, laymen, and chimpanzees. The power of emotion and instinct to help form people's ideological outlooks is analyzed by preference to "
Critique of pure verbiage : essays on abuses of language in literary, religious, and philosophical writings by F. R. H Englefield( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What's in a name? : reflections on language, magic, and religion by George Albert Wells( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goethe and the development of science, 1750-1900 by George Albert Wells( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can we trust the New Testament? : thoughts on the reliability of early Christian testimony by George Albert Wells( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The earliest refernces to Peter reveal a pre-gospel Christianity which had not yet come to believe that Jesus had lived and died in the recent past as described in the gospels. What emerges from critical reading of the sources is that the real Peter and Paul were bitterly divided, but that later traditions tried to represent them as working harmoniously together, and presented Peter as companion of the newly-composed gospels. Peter began to be linked with Rome in the second century A.D., only much later does this legend become elaborated so that Peter is the sole founder of the church of Rome and thus the first pope. In the final chapters, Professor Wells describes how leading church spokesmen have themselves accepted the non-historicity of much of the New Testament, and shows the varied conclusions for Christian faith they have drawn from this disturbing development
J M Robertson (1856-1933) : liberal, rationalist, and scholar( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Mackinnon Robertson was a man of many parts, and this collection of essays edited by Professor G.A. Wells attempts to deal with the most important aspects of his life and work. Jim Herrick provides a "Biographical Introduction', and then describes "The Politician', the leading Liberal, Member of Parliament, and junior minister. Dr. Ian MacKillop describes the 'Literary Critic', with particular reference to the issues of modernity and modernism. Professor Stanislav Andreski describes 'The Historian and Sociologist', considering him as one of the great figures of the social sciences. Dr. David Berman describes "The Historian of British Freethought', with particular reference to his account of the eighteenth century. Chris R. Tame describes "The Critical Liberal', placing him in the tradiiton of classical liberalism and later libertarianism. Professor G.A. Wells describes "The Critic of Christianity', emphasing [sic] his ideas about the historicity of Jesus and the growth and survival of the Church, and then "The Philosopher', bringing together his general ideas and bringing the volume to a conclusion. There is also a portrait of Robertson and a detailed bibliography of his writings. -- Book Jacket
The old faith & the new by David Friedrich Strauss( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cutting Jesus down to size : what higher criticism has achieved and where it leaves Christianity by George Albert Wells( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this provocative book, noted scholar G.A. Wells tells the story of Higher Criticism: the close study of the scriptures that reveals difficulties and discrepancies. Wells traces the discipline's German beginnings, exploring the problems in the New Testament that prompted scholars to revise traditional theories of the scriptures' origins. Wells then traces the development and reception of these views from the 18th century to today. Drawing on current biblical scholarship, Wells explains how the Jesus of Paul's epistles differs radically from later versions and addresses conservative Christians' attempts to reconcile them. He carefully analyzes what the New Testament says about miracles, the Virgin Birth, the Nativity, Jesus' conflicting genealogies, the Resurrection, the post-Resurrection appearances, and the failed prophecies of imminent apocalypse. Wells persuasively profiles the New Testament as a fascinating but flawed collection of incompatible viewpoints, revealing Jesus as a shifting, ambiguous, legendary figure who reflected the evolving teachings of a fragmented, emotion-based cultic movement
 
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Who was Jesus? : a critique of the New Testament record
Alternative Names
George Albert Wells britischer Sprachwissenschaftler

George Albert Wells Brits historicus

George Albert Wells English atheist

Wells, G. A.

Wells, G. A. 1926-

Wells, G. A. (George Albert), 1926-

Wells, George A. 1926-

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Did Jesus exist?The origin of language : aspects of the discussion from Condillac to WundtWho was Jesus? : a critique of the New Testament recordThe Jesus mythThe Jesus legendBelief and make-believe : critical reflections on the sources of credulityCritique of pure verbiage : essays on abuses of language in literary, religious, and philosophical writingsWhat's in a name? : reflections on language, magic, and religion