The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer
An attempt, well, the attempt, to catalogue and lay to rest rationalism’s attempts at discovering, uncovering, or recovering the historical Jesus. That is, the real Jesus of history. The one that sort of hides between the lines of the texts. Schweitzer might actually say its more like an attempt at laying to rest rationalism’s attempt at autobiography. You see, the Jesus produced by most of these efforts was a lot like the kind of spiritual leader a nineteenth century rationalist would like to see. So far so good.
The New Testament
A little known codex collecting the manuscripts of an atheistic first century mystery cult. Very controversial. I can understand if you’re not familiar with it. It’s not like you can just buy it in any old bookstore.
Education for Ministry: Year Two edited by Patricia Bays
An extended commentary on the aforementioned codex.
The Book of Virtues edited by W.J. Bennett and The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
I could probably get rid of every book in my house and get by on just these two books for a good long while.
So, a book about Jesus, or at least who Jesus isn’t, the Bible, a textbook about the Bible, a book of virtues and a kid’s book where every page has a new moral struggle. You can see why I need some help picking out my entertainments.
I really am terrifically amusing. Really. I promise.