John Dominic Crossan is an example of what an atheist would believe if he was religious. This former priest - who resigned the ministry close to forty years ago - decided to continue his involvement in Catholic academia despite his dissidence over significant traditional Catholic teaching. Co-founder of the infamous Jesus Seminar, Crossan has made an effort to demythologize Jesus Christ into a figure that would be analogous to the Buddha. As if that wasn't enough, Crossan - who claims to believe in God - DOES NOT believe in life after death.
What is wrong with this guy? Dr. William Loewe of Catholic University told me in an email that despite the fact that Crossan was a brilliant scholar, there were times when he was just "plain wrong."