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Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story
 
 
Author
Brian Griffith.
Publisher Exterminating Angel  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781935259022
Pages/Publication Date 326/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30018
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Description
As an independent historian following cultural stories, Brian Griffith notices when people retell those stories and completely change their meaning in the process. Here he looks at the story of Christianity as we know it, tracing the record of Christians as they "correct" Jesus on subjects like Judaism, forgiveness, women, freedom, war, and charity.

"I love Brian Griffith for having the heart to try to scrape away the barnacles of ideology and prejudice that keep attaching themselves to those four, frail little gospel boats. Part of this book will break your heart as he describes how little compromises and strategic emphases grow into huge errors and disasters."—Frank Cottrell Boyce

"How is it possible that Jesus' words have been utilized to justify both pacifist and pro-war agendas? Historian Griffith is not an iconoclast, but he is not afraid to examine the various ways that Christianity has interpreted Jesus for two millennia. The author wastes no time grappling with some of the most contentious religious issues, such as the role of women in the Church, nonviolence, the celibacy requirement for some clergy and differing notions of what freedom means. Griffith calls it as he sees it throughout history: individuals and groups have twisted Jesus' message to suit their own points of view. The author is a thorough independent scholar, and his concise writing makes historical facts engaging and relevant. His most important take-home message: it is not verboten for people of faith to ask why beliefs and practices developed in a specific way. In fact, it could even be considered an obligation for healthy, committed believers to do so."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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