Religion: The Nazarene

For 19 centuries a story, crying to be told and retold, has haunted the hearts and minds of men: the story of Jesus. Its source material is seed-small: the four Gospels, the New Testament apocrypha, the histories of Josephus, the pseudepigrapha.* Yet its literature is enormous. In Chautauqua, N. Y., famed cultural and religious resort, an Aula Christi (Hall of Christ) contains some 2,000 biographies and critical studies of Him.† Not only scholars but novelists have been gripped by His story. Ernest Renan wrote a prettified Life of Christ which was almost fiction. Giovanni Papini, on & off a Roman...

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