Thursday, February 01, 2007

easily fooled

N.T. Wright said, "I believe every generation of the Church must engage, in the historical study of Jesus. Just as the Nazi theologians, Käsemann’s obvious target, had re-invented a non-Jewish Jesus so today people are inventing Jesuses who support all kinds of ideologies. And if we in the Church think we are immune from this, I would urge that we think again."

Wright's reference to Kaseman relates to the success of Hitler's philosphers and theologians in creating a non-Jewish Jesus. By preying upon people's ignorance of history and the scriptural narrative, they were able to create a Jesus who supported their own cause.

Unfortunately we are often guilty of doing the same thing. The answer? Read it for yourself. Study, question, grow and change.