- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781496033048
- ISBN-13: 978-1496033048
- ASIN: 1496033043
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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About the Author
Glenville Whittaker was born in 1943 in Manchester, England. Raised first in the northern industrial town of Rochdale and then in the Victorian coastal resort of Southport, he studied history as an open scholar at Oxford University, and became interested at an early age in the various aspects of spiritual life and the search for inner experience. Much of his life has been spent working and developing understandings in these areas. Now semi-retired, he lives and works in Brighton on the south coast of England.
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I loved this "story" and am grateful that someone finally had the will and the intellect as well as the heart and passion to put such critical perspectives in print. All who are really interested in this subject will be the richer in heart and mind from reading it as written by Mr Whittaker
The biblical account of Jesus has been written off by some authors as fiction based on the Legend of Horace blueprint (divine birth, performs miracles, gets executed, comes back to life) adopted by several other religions. The legends of Mithras and Bacchus are examples. However, Whittaker states, "I propose that there is enough evidence now from the discovery of the Gnostic gospels, the more detailed knowledge of other religions and spiritual traditions, and mainly from the New Testament itself, to give serious credence to the the theory that Jesus was able to…induct his followers into an inner experience of another dimension, characterised by luminosity…and the presence of a loving resident: 'god'."
The theory that Jesus conducted some kind of secret initiation, and that New Testament accounts of miracles are allegoric, is not new. But Whittaker takes it further. He has the necessary intelligence and insight to locate the dots, and join them. He takes his readers on a journey of discovery near the completion of which the evidence supporting his theory is overwhelming.
This book is superbly written and very well researched, moreover, Whittaker is careful to distinguish between speculation and fact. He includes numerous quotes and references to the work of other scholars in support of his theory. It could have been a very dull read, but Whittaker succinctly summarises the theories of other scholars and critically analyses their work in an engaging way that is occasionally laced with a light touch of humour. I'd rate it 9.5 out of 10, but since that's not possible here, I'll give it 5.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to step out of the straight jacket of myth and blind faith.
Unfortunately, Whittaker has been the subject of a bizarre, apparently unprovoked personal attack in the guise of a 'review' by Thomas Gubler - reputed to be a former brick layer, a failed computer technician, and a convicted criminal. Evidently, Gubler does not understand the difference between a succinct summary and a "shallow rehash." He would do better if he confined his 'reviews' to topics that are commensurate with his qualifications; bricks, for example. The following report is revealing:
"On March 1, 2004, the Supreme Court in Brisbane Australia ruled that journalist, John Macgregor, was in violation of the law when he conspired with Tom Gubler to illegally remove proprietary computer files from the computers of Elan Vital, a non-profit organisation which arranges speaking engagements for peace advocate, Prem Rawat. The court ruled against Macgregor on summary judgment, meaning that the record of Macgregor's unlawful acts was so strong that there was no need for the matter to go to a full trial. Macgregor was ordered to pay the costs of the action, which were estimated to top $100,000. Then, on October 24 2007 at the Supreme Court, Tom Gubler, was convicted on three counts of contempt of court. He appeared later for sentencing and received a suspended jail term. The court noted that Gubler had entered his former wife's apartment while she was out, and downloaded files from her computer without her knowledge or consent. The court had previously ordered Gubler to comply with conditions aimed at curbing his harassment of Elan Vital. Gubler's ex-wife had voluntarily assisted ElanVital for more than 20 years." ( Sourced from http://www.one-reality.net )
The Messiah expected in the Old Testament was a military leader who would be the savior of the nation of Israel, not the savior of individual souls. The New Testament Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was a rabbi, a teacher, and not a military leader.The Kingdom of Heaven He spoke of was not a renewed Israel free of Roman occupation, it was not a physical location but rather a state of consciousness one could enter if one repented, made right with God, and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. The devil He confronted and overcame in the wilderness was an inner one.
Jesus was a mystic, a Gnostic. The term "gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means "knowledge" in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine. He wanted his followers to seek and find God within themselves in a realm He called the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a huge difference between spirituality and religion. Religion is about dogma, rites, rituals, rules and organizational structure while spirit (a Latin word for breath) is about personal experience.
“For Christ’s Sake” is an excellent book that sets the record straight about Jesus of Nazareth and it is controversial. Highly recommended. I also recommend A&E's "The Unknown Jesus."