Its over 4 months since my book was published and since then I have been speaking about its themes around the country. I am finding great interest in the themes I raise in the book, not least amongst church people.
This extract from the end of part one might be good as a stimulant for blog readers to contemplate.
A question I often ask myself is this: Having tried to come to an honest appraisal of the birth, life, teachings, death and significance of Jesus, what would be the implications for the faith of the Christian church, for its life and teachings? What does the search for the historical Jesus say about how we read the Bible? What developments might there be in our acts of worship? If we had only the synoptic gospels to hand and our own experiences of life, what would the church look like? If we could hold light to two thousand years of doctrine, of papal bulls, synods and councils, could we reconstruct a Church today fit for this third millennium and still claiming to call itself Christian? For if we cannot, is there any hope for the Church? (p.68)
What do you think? Comments are very welcome.