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The Christus Experiment Paperback – Large Print, December 7, 2012
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If you've read the Amazon book description, then you know what the book is about, but I will add this: Bennett successfully keeps you guessing on the outcome and even more importantly he avoids fourth wall spoilers that give away the plot while you are reading. There were a couple of character twists I did not see coming, but in retrospect were a *perfect* rendition of humanity in all its flawed, irrational glory and horror. I also like the way that characters who are skeptics of spirituality were portrayed. Very few easy answers or easy solutions to complicated problems. Sometime answers are not forthcoming at all. Just like life.
A minor criticism for which I withheld one-star: there were a couple of secondary characters who tended to blur together as I read. Minor point, but I don't like it when I find myself swiping back a page or two to remind myself who is saying what in dialogue exchanges or asking, "who is this guy again?"
So...a secret, billionaire-funded research facility (in the desert, of course) has managed to pull off the ultimate kidnapping. For three months scholarly "experts" both Jewish and Christian got to examine their subject and compare him to their theories of the "historic Jesus". In addition, a psychic investigator is brought in to help determine whether or not this is the genuine article. The entire team is frustrated in their attempts to analyze the quiet, semitic male subject purportedly from the first century A.D. Some of them suspect the whole thing might be a mistake. Or an elaborate hoax.
I won't reveal another detail. The book is well written, with none of the usual gaffes you come to expect from self-publishedd fiction. I'm a stickler for grammar and style, but did not cringe once! I'm also a believing Christian (of the Catholic persuasion), and found the portrayal of the "Jesus" character to be neither irreverent nor yet what I would have expected from a typical author of "Christian fiction", leading me to wonder what the author's religious convictions are. A fun read.
"With those caveats being made, when a book is called "The Christus Experiment" and it is written by Rod Bennett those concerns mostly go away. The title sounds like one of those B-movies on the SyFy channel on Saturday nights. Going beyond the title when it comes to Rod Bennett I simply loved his book "Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her own Words" which so engaged the words of four of the Church Fathers. Still this idea even in the hands of a gifted writer like he is can still go wrong. Mr. Bennett seems to be totally aware of this and I really appreciated his introduction which displayed, I believe ,the right attitude to approach this.
This book is a spiritual and psychological adventure story full of wild and irresponsible religious conjecture, equally indefensible whether taken as theology or speculative fiction."
There's really no excuse for it at all, unless perhaps it's the same excuse Chesterton once offered for his own paradoxical religious writing: "There seems to be some sort of idea that you are not treating a subject properly if you eulogize it with fantastic terms or defend it by grotesque examples...I think [on the other hand] that the more serious is the discussion the more grotesque should be the terms...So far from it being irreverent to use silly metaphors on serious questions, it is one's duty to use silly metaphors on serious questions.Read more ›
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