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Why should truth ever be inconvenient?,
This review is from: The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q & Christian Origins (Paperback)
A fascinating voyage of discovery into early and pre-Christianity: one of the most profoundly important periods in human history. There is a lot of detail in this book, yet it is layed out and described very clearly, easily readable for the layman. It comes from a theological historian's point of view, rather than from a purely religious one, and shows many things in a whole new light.
The people of the time of Jesus were facing various socio-political and existential struggles which are very much relevant to the world today, and this book offers a little extra insight into the events of the day, and how movements such as the Greek Cynics attempted to deal with them. It also deals bravely but sensibly with the rather contentious issue of 'who was Jesus?' and what part he played in the events of the times.
One of the main questions left open by the book, is the issue of how to preserve what is good? how to maintain a vibrant set of social values which are full of life, vitality and creativity, without leaving them open to corruption, destortion and decay?
Rather than give away the punchline to the book, I will just say that it is a very credable study which, if taken as seriously as it is due, opens up a whole new can of worms regarding the already checkered history of western religion and the Bible, and its use and abuse by various individuals and political entities for their own ends.