For the last couple of months, we have been discussing on IO the subject of Jesus claiming to be God due to a general article on the original website. @RJM Corbet and probably others are getting pretty fed up with it by now The "new perspective" was started with E. P. Sanders' 1977 work Paul and Palestinian Judaism. Protestantism has never denied that there is a place for good and faithful works, but has always excluded them from justification, which Protestants argue is through faith alone, and to which good deeds do not contribute. According to Christopher Rowland, "Pauline Christianity" is the development of thinking about Jesus in a gentile missionary context. Rowland contends that, "the extent of his influence on Christian thought has been overestimated," concluding that Paul did not materially alter the teachings of Jesus. I personally agree with Christopher. Paul has no "blame" for why we all believe different interpretations of what Jesus taught. Discuss?