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still another reformation?…//The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics: 

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

we seem on the brink of ‘still another reformation’ and this book which one might equally savor and critique is accompanied in its lower book bar (scroll down) by dozens of books in a whole set of genres on religion, here with an emphasis on secular critique. It is impossible to deal with such a flood of books.

This one, The Bad Jesus, is ‘right on’ so to speak and yet doesn’t get any full endorsement here.
Jesus is still an obscure mystery and in fact I have always suspected the whole game was designed that way. The problem with secular critiques is the failure to sense the reality of spiritual powers behind the onset of monotheism. A better term would be the ‘eonic effect’. But something like Bennett’s ‘demiurgic powers’ might well be an hypothesis here: the effect of the mystery jesus is larger than the man who appeared as if by design in a brief moment, disappearing almost immediately from the scene in an effect that seems almost clever. But the critical examination of the whole legacy is essential and if not a lost cause the issue of xtianity cannot easily survive into the far future in its current form…

Source: The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics: Hector Avalos: 9781909697799: Amazon.com: Books

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