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This B ook is Out of Date
on 17 September 2013
Wilson was already a well-known and respected literary critic and biographer when he wrote this book.
But he wasn't a theologian, he wasn't an historian, and as of 1989 he was no longer a Christian.
A good basis for writing an objective book about Jesus theChrist, you might think. But it isn't. In fact Tom Wright, sometime Bishop of Durham with a lengthy string of books to his name (and a new "full length" study of the life and work of Paul about to be published) has a neat little book out called "Who was Jesus?" which includes reviews of three books with "alternative views on the Christ and Christianity by Barbara Thiering, John Spong and ... (drum roll ... A.N. Wilson's 1992 book "Jesus", the follow up to his 1991 tirade against relion in general "Against Religion". (He seemed to like succinct tites).
But guess what. After sentencing himself to 20 years outside the Christian community, and after the veritable Tsunami of publicity at the time of his "unconversion", Wilson found his way back (a pretty courageous step in view of the previous publicity, even if it was twenty years in the past (i.e. in 2009).
So when other reviewers make remarks like "Christians won't like this book" they might want to consider in what context "Christians won't like it".
Personally, as someone who takes the so-called "New" atheists seriously (albeit often with tongue in cheek) I find books like this, Richard Dawkins' later efforts, Christopher Hitchens' rant, Victor Stenger's pseudo scientific approach (specifically "God: The Failed Hypothesis" and "The Folly of Faith") very necessary to my research into the "New" atheist mindset and how to respond to their claims.