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Paul

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  • Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (76)

    “Jesus - the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important...."

    Terry says: "A must read for today's church"
    "Surprised by Simply Jesus?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Simply Jesus?

    Too Much a continuation of Wright's "Surprised by Hope"


    Has Simply Jesus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What aspect of James Langton’s performance would you have changed?

    none. You almost think NT Wright is reading it


    What character would you cut from Simply Jesus?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read NT Wright's, what I think is a modern christian classic, "Surprised by Hope" then no need to read this one. Best point is it puts Jesus pursuit of the kingdom of God on Earth into its rightful christian perspective sucking the wind out of Aslan's Zealot & other non-christians cry that this pursuit shows Jesus was only a social political figure. Again like "Surprised by Hope" Wright shows that pursing social and political justice beauty etc has in fact always been simply Jesus who is the core of Christianity. This pursuit is exemplified by Jesus who, yes non-christians, claims to be king (not in the purely political sense) who seeks to bring the King (God / Himself) onto earth to rule. Also does a good job following ancient culture showing how this King claim (Jesus's life & death) is only the herald before the actual return of Jesus to earth to rule and thus bring the kingdom of heaven onto earth.

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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1175)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Pithy without Proof...see appendix"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    backup in the text... not see appendix


    Would you ever listen to anything by Reza Aslan again?

    yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    social and political appeal


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    a real alternative for a nonbelievers belief system


    Any additional comments?

    A whole worldview about Jesus is made here of largely conjecture. When it comes to the proof that backs up his points its....see the appendix. Problem is not that the worldview is developed (it is) but rather the proof for it is lost as he developed the worldview. If one can disprove any or many of the points then the entire worldview falls apart. As an example the "Q" source documents, by Aslan's own admittance a hypothetical book for which there are no documents or copies, plays a major role in this book but he never delves into the proofs / disproofs. I know this was not the point of his book but again Aslan's Jesus overview is only believable if you believe the "Q" source stuff or the details which he glosses over etc. I think the devil is in the details here. If the evidence for each point is doubtful then the book is doubtful but Aslan never gives the reader the chance. By quickly moving on to complete the Jesus worldview the unquestioning reader just accepts Aslan's points as he moves quickly on. People who are looking for a book that explains their preconceived (apriori) belief that Jesus is only a social & political figure will find an intellectual guide. People who are looking for the "real Jesus" by testing the truth of each Aslan's claims will be left thumbing to the appendix.

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