|Title||:||Witness to the Truth|
|Number of Pages||:||244 pages|
|Tags||:||fantasy, childrens, war, parenting, teen, philosophy|
Witness to the Truth (www.thephotoroll.com Reviews)
Edith Hamilton wrote this book in 1948, meaning that at the time it was published it was simply warmed over liberalism at least half a century old And like all theological liberals, she is smug and condescending not only to the culture of the early church, but also to the writers of the New Testament and all orthodox Christians for nearly 2000 years The most frustrating thing is that her reading of the New Testament is weak at best She cuts and pastes at her own whim to create characters out
I read this for two reasons First, I d read several of Hamilton s books as a kid and one, Mythology, for freshman year high school English They, except for the school book, were relatively happy memories Second, I m generally interested in informed takes on the person of Jesus Hamilton was a classicist and I hoped for a kind of Robert Graves type of perspective.Well, Graves King Jesus is much better The only really impressive thing about Witness to the Truth is the argument for a strong si
Hamilton comes at the New Testament with a sheaf of modernist presuppositions and grasps at any notion that supports them while rejecting out of hand anything that might rattle them She wants to preserve Christ and Paul as enriching figures of history while dismissing all things supernatural She seems to have no background whatsoever in theology, and much of her core argument would be dismantled by simply reading all of the New Testament Take, for starters Acts 26 and I Corintians 15.
An interesting analysis of the power of Jesus life Hamilton compares Christ to Socrates, claiming both men had an extraordinary charisma that came from living the truth they sought She also compares the gospels Her view is sometimes idiosyncratic, but is deeply felt and an often compelling argument about the failure of Christians to live as Christ lived.