April DeConick has completed her second post on creating Jesus. Her list of ground rules are all worth considering. I especially appreciate the challenge of Ground Rule #2: "We cannot grant special privileges to the religion we are studying." She relates this specifically to the biblical use of miracles.
How far do we depend on miracles for validation of our faith, especially THE miracle - the resurrection? Would we cease practicing Christianity, if the bodily resurrection did not literally happen? What miracles would we be willing to support from traditions not our own? What miracles traditions do we dismiss without a second thought.