Thursday, May 11, 2006

To Die For


For all those concerned about the gnostic Gospels, here's a great quote from N. T. Wright about the faith of the early Christians:
“Those who were thrown to the lions were not reading ‘Thomas’ or Q or the ‘Gospel of Mary.’ They were reading Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the rest, and being sustained thereby in a subversive mode of faith and life which, growing out of apocalyptic Judaism, posed a far greater threat to Roman empire and pagan worldviews than Cynic philosophy or Gnostic spirituality ever could. Why would Caesar worry about people rearranging their private spiritualities?”
Tip of the hat to Michael Bird for this one.

2 comments:

St Pio said...

Excellant quote! Speaking of Bishop Wright, Mr. Barber, what do you think of his work? I've heard so much about him, but I haven't read any of his writings. I've been seriously thinking about reading his present three volumes (a projected six volume work!) on Jesus (i.e., The New Testament and the People of God, etc.).

Steve Bogner said...

That puts things in perspective! It's hard to imagine such cruelty.

By the way - I caught the first 10-15 minutes of your show today but got called away. I liked it; great job!