on 11 December 2009
This is an excellent book that I am still thinking about! It puts the tantalising gospels into a human context that makes the message comprehnsible. One example is the explanation of Mark at Pamphylia (page 16), another the influence of Peter on Mark (page 20). Page 26 explains "Blasphemy against the spirit" in a comprehendable manner. The mention of Papias (page 30) and Polycarp (page 68) gives a basis for developing trust in the message. Revelation is made more understandable by the description of dragons (page 151) and numbers (page 155). This book makes obscure spiritual ideas available to a post-modern generation who are schooled in the thinking of the Enightenment. It puts the Enlightenment in the context of how human thought developed, and thus provides a key for today's thinkers to access Christian hope.