Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage is the best non scriptural account of the
Savior's pre, mortal, and post life I have read. Elder Talmage's
insight is stunning and his eloquence is masterful. Although I am a
luke warm fan of Bill O'Reilly I won't read his book. The title
itself is a turnoff...
“Simply put, there is nothing here beyond an attempt at agenda-driven
drivel produced for the lowest common denominator,” Watts wrote.Like
Minzesheimer’s review, Watts said the authors don’t present anything
new.“Further, at no point in their book do they tell the story
completely,” he wrote. “They leave out details that might otherwise
hurt their credibility in the conservative punditry community.”Sounds just like foxes other radio and entertainment. Void of any new info,
agenda driven, incomplete quotes and info.But I'm sure the
religious conservatives will love to read how Jesus told the poor to get a job,
and fought for the money changers not against them.
bill acts shocked that his book sold so many copies in the first day, really? he
has advertised it daily for six months on his show. the guy thinks he knows
everything. he refers to the Savior as a regular guy. That alone tells me I
won't be reading '"his".book. In reality billy lets someone
else write it, he puts his name on it and takes all the credit.
I like the original books authored by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I think
it's impossible to improve on them although scholarly works can try and
provide accurate background information.
@Happy Valley Heretic - The Savior encouraged showing mercy to the poor, but
never did He discourage them from becoming as self-sufficient as possible. He
fed the multitude on at least two occasions during His mortal life, but
afterwards He upbraided them for seeking the free food rather than His
salvation. As for the money changers and the animal vendors, they
were not castigated because they were in business; rather, it was because they
were operating inside the temple. Jesus didn't oppose Peter and his
brothers from owning a fishery business, although He asked them to love Him more
than the business. He healed the sick without price, but then told them
"Lift up thy bed and walk."
As O'Reilly explained and many seem to have forgotten, the book was not
intended as any kind of religious story. That's why OReilly never used the
word Christ to identify Jesus of Nazareth. There are some people out there who
don't believe that there was ever a real person who was the Jesus written
about in the Bible. They would say Jesus was as fictional as Bilbo Baggins.
The book was meant to be an historical fact based account of the person Jesus as
he lived, not an account of him doing miracles and walking on water. The most
important thing from what I've heard of the book is that it is an
historical fact that the man Jesus did indeed proclaim himself to be God. Many
in the world do accept Jesus as a teacher, or even prophet, but don't agree
that he is the Messiah. Christians of course do, and that is beyond the
intended scope of O'Reillys book.
The idea that any history of Jesus could be written, which separates the
historical from the Spiritual, seems to be a fool's errand. Indeed, the
great majority of information we do have about Jesus the Christ comes from the
Bible, especially the four Gospels. Unfortunately, other inane books have been
written about the Christ over the centuries, and this one will eventually end up
on the scrapheap with the others. All one truly needs to know about Jesus comes
from the Scriptures - and, from a personal relationship with Him.
O'Reilly writing fiction and speculation about fiction... Now there is a
"no spin zone" for you!
If "Killing Christ" makes people talk about or think about Christ,
isn't that a good thing?
It is still odd when people confuse faith with science. As Stephen Jay Gould, a
noted Harvard atheist, concluded - they are separate magisteria. Judging faith
by scientific criteria is as misguided at judging science by faith criteria.
People expose their bias when the step outside their area of knowledge.
O’Reilly writes, “Jesus chooses Judas as one of his twelve disciples
and refers to him openly as a friend. One day that will change.”I have always had a hard time believing that Judas an Apostile would acutally
betray Jesus given his relationship with him and then throw away the silver he
got paid for doing this as stated in the New Testament. A recently discovered
book, called the Book of Judas gives a possible and I believe probable answer to
this dilemma.In this book it states that Jesus approached Judas and
explained to him that he needed to be sacrificed for the sins of the world.
Jesus asked Judas if he would help play a part in this. He also explained to
Judas that if he did he would be sacrificing his reputation and his good name
for the Glory of God. Judas agreed to do this and the rest is history.