We didn’t have any warehouse operations on Monday, due to the holiday, so alas, there was no book to display for that day. But we are once again on track, and here is the gem pulled from the bins on Tuesday:
In yet another case of mistaken identity – I am coming to discover that book titles are nowhere near as unique as I once thought them – before cracking it open, I thought it was going to be a discussion about how the Catholic church had been meddling with the evidence relating to the Shroud of Turin and Veronica’s Veil. Turns out, that’s an entirely different book by the title of The Jesus Conspiracy. Oh well.
This one is about an attempt to determine where the breakpoint between Jesus, the man and possible actual historical figure with Jesus Christ, divinely mandated Messiah figure, happened… and if they’re actually incompatible ideas or not. At least, that’s what the rambling, 30 page introduction said. We’ll see, when we actually get into the text, I suppose.
What I find most interesting about doing these posts – and reading the books I pick up – is the things I discover when I go looking for more information. Because I’m not content to just toss the book on the pile and say “Huh. Well, that was interesting.” I take to Wikipedia, YouTube, Netflix and Google, chasing down footnotes and the portions that amuse me, and it invariably leads to some strange places. (Remember, if you will, the link to the website still trying to exonerate Scott Peterson.) The random attached thought of the day on this subject is this one:
Why do so many Christians (of nearly every flavor) cry out against digging into a historical Jesus? It seems that, if the internet is the judge, any serious inquiries into his existence, history or deeds outside of what lies in the Gospels (apocryphal or not) is met with zealous shrieks of indignation, cries that we should not go there. “Just accept the Gospels and leave it alone” seems to be a common thread. Why? If they find nothing, they have proved nothing (and disproved nothing, as well), so it doesn’t hurt your case. If they find something, it goes to additional evidence that the Bible is, at least in part, historically accurate, which I would think they’d consider a good thing. Maybe my brain’s just not plugged in properly.
Of course, I’m sure there are plenty of Christians who are okay with – and possibly even in favor of – digging into Jesus’ life and trying to apply science and history to determine what they can about him, his time, and the events that ostensibly occurred as described in the New Testament. They just don’t scream as loud (or post hundreds of poorly spelled and grammatically nightmarish pages telling anybody with questions that they’re going to hell if they dare begin to ask them. Ahem.
Anyway. We’ll see what gets salvaged later today. Saw a few copies of Holy Blood, Holy Grail yesterday, so hoping another one comes through today. Would be a fun tandem read, I think, even if it has already been pretty much proven as so much bunk.
Until next time…