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The gospel according to Judas –

Posted: April 7, 2007 in Religion

I have read the first chapter of the controversial book, The Gospel According to Judas . The book is a collaboration between a storyteller – Jeffery Archer and a respected theologian- Prof. Francis J. Moloney who is also Pope Benedict XVI’s top theological advisers.
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I find it incongruous that theologians and religious leaders are echoing the sentiments from Jeffery Archer. Sure the book could be one masterpiece deserving appraisals from certain quarters. But what amazed me are the supportive reviews from Archbishops –Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, and Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop emeritus of Milan and former rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis J Hart
In fact, it is Archbishop Desmond Tutu voicing over the introduction and the first chapter of the book. (Click me to listen)
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I refute the sentiments from the theologian, Prof. Gilbert Ogutu that: Jesus of history and Christ of faith are two separate people. Assuming that we are using a similar bias of theology, we cannot separate the two.

In as much as Christ lived as a man he was still divine, the two natures existed in one: He is/was fully man and fully God.

Christian leaders should remember that the book negates the foundations of Christianity: that Christ is not the messiah.

The introductory remarks in the book “I have come to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was a prophet and a true son of Israel, but not the long-awaited Messiah.” That’s the stand of the book.

I would love to understand the argument, that such a book would likely draw more people to Christianity when it discredits the very foundations of the faith.

I do agree with Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi that Christians should listen to everything that is being said or read and choose only what is important to the Christian teachings.