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This question is the subject of much debate.
- There are those who say (and swear black and blue) that Jesus is the founder of Christianity.
- There are those who say (and swear black and blue) that Paul is the founder of Christianity
- There are those who say (and swear black and blue) that the Four Gospel Writers are the founders of Christianity.
- How you answer this question depends on what you understand by Christianity, and the Early Church.
- Christianity is a religion with a set of specific beliefs, doctrines and teachings
- The Church teaches and practices those beliefs, doctrines and teachings.
- These are all found in the Gospels, and in the Letters of Paul, what is called the Pauline Epistles.
- There is no one black and white answer, the real answer is something of a mash-up of all three. All get their sources on the life of Jesus from the Gospels and the Letters of the Early Church
- All derive their teachings from the Gospels and the Letters of Paul
- The Church, in large measure, outside Palestine, was shaped and formed by the work of Paul.
- The Early Church was observing Passover by visiting the empty tomb of Jesus. It is established that this traditional activity was happening every year by around 50AD; so you may safely surmise the early church was founded by that time.