Even Che Guevara, a proven ideological monster, started looking good next to this Jesus, to speak only about their looks. Che still looks good on his youth poster, but Jesus, who didn’t photograph so well on the shroud of Turin, doesn’t even look human when Aslan’s done with him.
–– Andrei Codrescu,writing in the Los
Angeles Review of Books, importantly reprinted
just yesterday in Salon, arguing that Reza Aslan’s
“Zealot” paints Jesus as a Nazarene Che Guevara
(Hat tip to John Klotz)
For context, you should read the full embracing paragraph:
. . . This carefully strategic Jesus of “history” is born of Aslan’s own pruning and sifting of the meager “historical evidence.” Jesus the Zealot emerges as little more than a collection of bullet points for Aslan’s arguments against the “love Jesus.” (Produced, incidentally, by the same “historical evidence.”) Zealot certainly took away my appetite to revisit Jesus Christ Superstar. I had to stay home and study my Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and all the other dreary horrors of the “revolutionary” horde that bored the piss out of my childhood. Even Che Guevara, a proven ideological monster, started looking good next to this Jesus, to speak only about their looks. Che still looks good on his youth poster, but Jesus, who didn’t photograph so well on the shroud of Turin, doesn’t even look human when Aslan’s done with him.
Actually, you should read the entire almost-long-form article.
Recall, I mentioned the book recently: Fox News Propels Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus to Number One (the video embedded in that posting has since been removed from YouTube at the request of Fox News).
What a tired old site…
Colin, some suggestions?
Take a holiday Dan – preferably a long one, months rather than weeks. Let someone less jaded, less world-weary take over.
No offence intended.
A pathetic transparent ploy by the green-eyed monster, whose own hit count is no doubt approaching black-hole vanishing point! I shouldn’t fall for it!
To that typically uncharitable remark, I would simply remind folk that I closed my own blog some months ago – except for responding to comments – so have no need or desire for “hits”.
My site was an account of a personal journey, an attempt to understand the status quo re the Shroud, including some personal research. This on the other hand is essentially a news-aggregating site – something entirely different.
“Sciencebod” if anyone’s interested has returned to commenting on current affairs generally, notably::
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