The author is a world historian who stresses the importance of communication technology in history. In his view, the second epoch of civilization began with the spread of alphabetic writing in the 2nd millennium B.C. World religion is the primary institution in society during that period. The author accepts the views of Albert Schweitzer with respect to the eschatlogical motivation of Jesus.
Christianity: A dialogue between literature and lifeby William McGaughey
Taking the Schweitzer
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What is the true story of Jesus? Albert Schweitzer, in his last book “The Kingdom of God and Primitive Christianity”, has laid bare the eschatological purpose of Christ’s earthly mission by a thorough and preceptive reading of Biblical text. It may have been too much for 20th century Christians to absorb.
Taking the Schweitzer interpretation for a starting point, William McGaughey shows how Jesus’ unique story is a creation both of religious scripture and the life of a prophet destined to become much more. Jesus was one in pursuit of the Kingdom of God. When John the Baptist appeared on earth, the countdown began on a long-awaited cosmic event that would find resolution in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The dialogue between literature and life puts the event in an historical context. The ultimate lesson, however, is a matter of faith.
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