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Jesus, Outside the Box

Will the real Jesus please stand up? John Dickson’s new book is a quest for the historical Jesus.

Will the real Jesus please stand up? John Dickson’s new book is a quest for the historical Jesus.

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“The real Jesus in the sources is far more interesting. The Jesus there is striking, dangerous, intriguing, beautiful, bizarre, scary, and incredibly comforting. You just can’t pin him down. That’s the great thing about the historical Jesus – there’s no way of fitting him inside a box.”

In this episode, we explore the major portraits of the historical Jesus and what they might mean to us today.

“I think he’s the best card Christians have – maybe the only card. People are generally positive towards Jesus and it’s partly because there is a vague memory of a true aspect of Jesus, which is that he rebelled against the religious authorities of the day. That just resonates with people.”

John Dickson was a speaker at the Sydney Writers’ Festival earlier this year. You can find out more about the festival here: www.swf.org.au

A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth for Believers and Skeptics by John Dickson is available to purchase now: www.bit.ly/2kJSbiH

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