“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the Christian/atheist blog that brings you the latest thinking on the historical Jesus. Beyond radical, beyond progressive, our slogan is
‘More Jesus, Less Christ, No God!’
Pretentious? No this is a blog and I’ll say whatever I think. I’m an opinionated former science teacher, writing from North London, and I’ll say what I think is worth saying.(By the way, very little of it is original.)
I find Professor William Herzog‘s writings on the parables very well researched and therefore very convincing (“Parables as subversive speech. Jesus as pedagogue of the oppressed” John Knox Press (1994).Today’s quote is taken from the conclusion of his later book “Jesus, justice and the reign of God. A ministry of liberation” John Knox Press (2000) (page 255). It’s sheer poetry. Soak it in: it’s sad, but we won’t get anywhere unless we accept it’s true.
Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”
In the final analysis…..
“In the final analysis, the Gospels preserved more than enough material to encourage the unfinished task of reconstructing the historical Jesus from one age to the next. Out of the maze of parables, riddles, aphorisms, conflicts, healings, exorcisms, charges, questions, counter questions, Torah disputes, temple incidents, the drama of a show trial, and courage under fire, a shadowy figure begins to emerge from the mists of the first century, standing on a far shore, beckoning the enquirer to come closer. Try as we might, we cannot approach the shore, but remain at sea, on the face of the deep, too far removed for a closer look. The mists thicken, and the figure disappears, leaving only the memory of his appearing. It is all we have to work with, but it is enough to encourage us to cast off from the distant shore and risk the voyage once again.
If this study has enabled anyone to catch a fleeting glimpse of the shadowy figure on the distant shore of history it will have served a useful purpose.” (Emphasis added)
Amen to that.