I Found Christ by Looking for the Truth

I did not find Jesus Christ by looking for Jesus Christ.

I did not find Jesus Christ by looking for God.

I did not find Christ by seeking to be spiritual.

I did not find Christ by seeking to be religious.

I was seeking none of these things, because none of them held interest for me.

What then was I seeking?  Truth.  I wanted to know the truth about life and how to do the right thing with my life.  As a result, I found Jesus Christ.

See John 1:14, 17; 14:6

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What the Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Pentecostals Taught Me

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I Left My Church by Letting It Leave Me

Shelby Foote on the Roman View of History

Shelby Foote (1916-2005) was a novelist and historian whose magnum opus was a three-volume narrative of the America Civil War that took him two decades to research and write.  That single work took up 3,000 pages, which amounts to some 1,500,000 words.  (An average non-fiction book might be 75,000 words; on that basis, his tome was the equivalent of 20 books.)

Throughout his life, Foote was a voracious reader of quality literature, as familiar with Homer and Shakespeare as he was writers closer to his own time.  Given his reading and research achievements, his view of Roman history is worth noting.  First, because it explains his own style, and, second, because its helps explain the Gospels.

Foote once told a Paris Review interviewer that he subscribed to the Roman belief that “history was intended to publicize, if you will, the lives of great men so that we would have something to emulate.”

Foote mentioned that he had been reading Tacitus over and over. “Tacitus writes about high-placed scoundrels. He’s so damned good. He said that he wrote so that people would be ashamed of bad things and proud of good things.”

(Source: Shelby Foote. – Slate Magazine)

Elsewhere, it has been recorded:

Facts, Mr. Foote said, are the bare bones from which truth is made. Truth, in his view, embraced sympathy, paradox and irony, and was attained only through true art. “A fact is not a truth until you love it,” he said.

(Source: New York Times obituary of Mr. Foote)

Given that the Gospels were written at the height of the Roman Empire, therefore, it should not be surprising to us that they take the shape that they do.  Many skeptics today reject the Gospels because they don’t address the subject as a modern biographer would.  People who expect ancient writers to conform to modern literary styles might as well ask why Hannibal marched over the Alps when he could have taken a plane.

The Real Problem with the Fox News’ Lauren Green’s Interview of Reza Aslan

If you haven’t heard of the brouhaha, it is described here:  Video: Fox News’ Lauren Green asks Reza Aslan why Muslim would be interested in Jesus.

I had written about this briefly a few days ago.

The real problem with that interview was that the interviewer buried the lead. The point was not that Aslan did wrong either by writing a book about Jesus or by promoting it. Rather, the point was that the mainstream media had been interviewing him without sufficiently disclosing his current Muslim and erstwhile Evangelical background. There is nothing newsworthy about a Musilm writing a book against the divinity of Jesus just as there would be nothing newsworthy about a Christian writing a book in favor of it. By downplaying Aslan’s Muslim orientation, the mainstream media made it look as if this book represented some new historical perspective on Jesus, when in fact this perspective, according to William Lane Craig, is at least as old as Albert Schweitzer’s The Quest of the Historical Jesus, published in 1906.

The interviewer wrongly placed the blame for the media’s anti-evangelical bias on the author. Of course, he, too, has an anti-Evangelical bias, but he was upfront about his – disclosing it in the beginning of his book.

[These comments originally appeared as an answer this question on Quora.]