"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, why then do we read it? A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us." Franz Kafka
The Pagan Christ (Thomas Allen Publishing, Toronto) will fall as such an "axe" if:
*You loved Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
*You accept the basic premise of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code
*You believe the Bible is about historical persons, issues, or persons
*You are a Christian Fundamentalist, Conservative, or Liberal
*You believe in an historical Jesus of Nazareth
*You think history matters more than myth
*You are a Zionist who believes the conquest of what is now Israel and the occupied territories actually happened as the Book of Joshua describes it and so validates current claims that it was all "God-given" and must never be ceded to others.
*You are a Muslim terorist who believes suicide attacks are blessed by God and rewarded by heavenly delights hereafter
*You hold that one religion (yours presumably)is right and superior to all others
*You see no future for Christianity, have dropped out through lack of interest, or are currently seeking a vital, cosmic spirituality.
These are some of the issues before us as we take a look at a book described by The Toronto Star as "a religious bombshell."
|Tom Harpur starts Tuesday/Wednesday||967||Jaimi2||18-Jul-04 20:31|
|My take||374||Kees||18-Jul-04 20:40|
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|A single flickering candle||349||Kees||20-Jul-04 20:04|
|Re: A single flickering candle||343||Milo||20-Jul-04 20:25|
|Re: A single flickering candle||550||marduk||04-Aug-04 17:18|