Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fitzpatrick, Michael. "Was Jesus a Revolutionary? [Review of Eagleton on the Gospels]." SPIKED REVIEW OF BOOKS 8 (2007).

‘Was Jesus a revolutionary?’ asks Terry Eagleton in the opening sentence of his introduction to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (1). Not according to Pope Benedict XVI. In his recent encyclical Spe Salvi Facti Sumus (‘In Hope We Are Saved’), he declares haughtily that ‘Jesus was not Spartacus’, whose ‘ill-fated’ struggle ‘led to so much bloodshed’ (the responsibility of the Roman authorities for the savage suppression of the legendary slave revolt is entirely ignored by Benedict). . . . Read the whole review here:

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