Bible scholar rips pope’s book, warns of chilling effect

Bible scholar rips pope’s book, warns of chilling effect | National Catholic Reporter Conversation Cafe

A leading New Testament scholar, and former Catholic priest, has criticized Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 book on the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth, saying that its insistence on identifying the historical Jesus with the Christ of traditional Christian faith has “turned back the clock” on modern scholarship.

I think the Pope’s response would be something along the lines of “Thank you.”

“In Jesus of Nazareth, published under the alias of Joseph Ratzinger, the pope declares that the Gospels’ Christ of faith is the historical Jesus, thus turning the clock back by several centuries,” Vermes said.

It tells you something about this “scholar’s” worldview that he considers the name the Pope was born, baptized and lived for 80 years under to be an “alias.” The scholar comes in for criticism in the comments on this post as well. When denizens of the National Catholic Register think you’re a dissenter, wow.

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