Lost amidst the dogma and ritual is the inevitable core of the story...
I was brought up in a fundamentalist household, ensconced in a religion that kept focus on the miracles and supernatural aspects and pushed parts of the Jesus story to the background.
But I couldn't ignore it. I was surrounded by Americans who lay prostrate before a church based on teachings that seemed to fly in the face of the culture they also worshipped. The central figure of their church didn't hedge his message about eschewing materialism and valuing people above objects and wealth. The only instance in their gospels of Jesus' temper getting the best of him was when capitalism was brought into the church. I don't think that's a minor detail.
The figure I was taught about was slain because he was a threat to a system based on personal power and wealth, no ifs, ands or buts.
And after two millenia, that still is marginalized in favor of something more nebulous.