liche Schule that developed in German biblical studies during the 19th century, put forward the theory that the New Testament is the product of different religious and cultural phenomena of its day. Thus, the ideas found in the New Testament were simply ideas found in the ancient environment and consequently applied to Christianity. One famous theologian, who, according to some, became the dogmatician for the Religionsgeschichtliche Schule was Ernst Troeltsch.
A well known New Testament scholar here in the Netherlands has a different position:
"The main influence in the development of Christianity . . . comes from Christ himself. Terminology might be taken from other religions, but filled with new content. Christianity is not a religion which developed out of other religions, but due to the coming of Christ alongside other religions."