Summarizes all scholarship on the life of Jesus up to 1900 and critically analyzes
it from the point of view of "thorough-going eschatology," which is the
interpretation of Jesus that emphasizes his belief in his Messiahship and the
coming of the Kingdom of God as the source of his actions. It ends with Schweitzer's
summary of his own theory. For all the fine writing and scholarship, he failed to
convince me that his interpretation is the best. His own summaries of some of the
"fictitious" lives of Jesus make those theories more attractive than his own.
Conspiracy theories such as in The Passover Plot and some of the
early "fictitious" lives seem to fit the text of the gospels and tie them together
better than Schweitzer's theory does.
Schweitzer never questions the specialness of Jesus. He takes for granted that
Jesus is the son of God. He is unable to conceive of interpreting the life of
Jesus objectively to this extent. Nevertheless, this is a work of genius.
Year Read: 1979
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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