Paul A. Weekes
New Book: In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching
Faith is very personal. Belief, by definition, is whatever an individual chooses to believe. The book “In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching” chronicles the research and analysis leading to the formulation of my personal understanding of the Historical Jesus and his Teaching. I do not ask anyone to accept my conclusions, but rather to use the book as a guide in clarifying their own faith and belief.
Organized Religion, according to sociologist G. Lenski, is “a shared system of associated beliefs and practices, which are articulated around the nature of the forces that shape the destiny of human beings.”
Any religion that promotes peace, harmony, charity, morality, ethical behavior, compassion, and the betterment of humanity is to be condoned and supported. However, religions/sects that preach violence and prejudice or practice discrimination must be condemned/reformed. Ideally, through education and enlightenment rather than by armed conflict.
The book addresses two completely different accounts of the origin of “Jesus the Christ”, contained in the four canonical Gospels of the “New Testament”. The date and place of his birth. His Father and Family members. What happened after his death on the cross? Most importantly, his advanced Spiritual teaching, that was understood by only a few of the Disciples.
Excellent read for those interested in facts and evidence.This book is an excellent treatment of the evidence both in and outside of the bible that reveals a pretty good outline of the “Historical Jesus”. Of particular interest is the relationship of an early Christian symbol to Jesus’ advanced spiritual teaching about the “Kingdom of God”. Paul Weekes does a good job of pointing out the facts, while not personally ripping anyone else for their beliefs. Since I am not a scholar, but merely a layperson looking for answers, I appreciated the Appendix where he outlines the details and references of his research evidence. A great read that I have gone through multiple times.