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April 15, 2006



As I am reading through this first part of SMoJ, I can't help but feel that I am reading N.T. Wright's The Challenge of Jesus all over again. Does it get any better past part 1? I am looking forward to your next post, hopefully there is good news.
That is not to say that I don't appreciate what McLaren is saying, but I just feel that he is ripping stuff from Wright.



Much of what McLaren says in part one does come from Wright. He's really relaying information that a religion major would get in a Intro to NT class. As I said, nothing special. Except for the insistence that this kingdom is a present reality and the task of the church is to live into it. Don't get that in many religion classes, unless you happen to be Mennonite.


What do you think of Dan Brown's writing? Personally I wasn't very impressed, but I'm not as well read as you.

Sorry I noticed you were reading the code and was curious.



I thought the story was very readable. His writing, while better than LaHaye and Jenkins, is ham-fisted and cliche-ridden. I read most of the stuff he used for research back in my penitentiary days. Those stories have been floating around prisons forever. One of the first stories I heard when I went to the pokey was about the worldwide Masonic conspiracy. Then about Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the Illuminati, Trilateral Commissions, etc., etc. I didn't find anything new in his book, just a fictionalized account of scores of conspiracy theories and really BAD history all woven into a pretty readable pulp fiction.

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