Kazantzakis on Paul

I have in my library Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ. Although it’s not a good novel, it contains a masterpiece: an imaginary dialogue between Paul and Jesus: also, the only redeemable scene in Scorsese’s adaptation of Kazantzakis’s novel.

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Kriminalgeschichte, 40

Below, abridged translation from the first volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums (Criminal History of Christianity)   Christian tall stories Christians, preachers of love of the enemy and of the doctrine that all authority emanates from God, celebrated the death of the emperor with great public banquets, with festivals in churches and chapels and…

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The Platonic fallacy

This is Joseph Hoffmann’s response to the Jesus Seminar & the quest of the historical Jesus:   Crouching somewhere between esthetic sound byte and historical detail is Michelangelo’s famous statement about sculpture. “The job of the sculptor,” Vasari attributes to il Divino,” is to set free the forms that are within the stone.” It’s a…

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