From time to time (oh alright, just about every day) someone (who doesn’t know what they’re talking about) will insist that theology doesn’t matter because the disciples were just simple fishermen and villagers who followed Jesus around and they just loved him so much that they didn’t need any theology to be faithful.
What the ‘ignorant fishermen’ mythicists don’s understand, because in their deep ignorance they don’t know it, is that the disciples were precisely that. Disciples. And what is a disciple? A learner. A student.
Jesus was a rabbi. He’s described as such and as such he had studied with rabbis and been himself a rabbinic student. And what is a rabbinic student? A theologian.
Jesus was a theologian who gathered around himself theological students (rabbis) to whom he taught – what was it – oh yes, theology.
Accordingly, Jesus didn’t have ignorant illiterate hicks following him around he had serious students who were expected to do their homework, learn their lessons, and apply those lessons.
So at the end of the day the people who think theology doesn’t matter and who love to say that they are just ‘simple followers of Jesus’ have absolutely no idea how Jesus worked. Nor how the disciples worked. Nor how the early church worked. They really, to be fair to them, just have some weird notions they cooked up in their own heads to justify their own theological ignorance. They delude themselves and in their delusions wish to deceive others.
They are dilettantes. If they want to be dilettantes, super. They just shouldn’t pretend that their views of Jesus matter to anyone.