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The Man Nobody Knows by Bruce Barton

The Man Nobody Knows (1925)

by Bruce Barton

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Finished and reviewed 09/05/04
This was quite a disappointment.

I pulled it out of my cataloging stack because it sounded so intriguing. "What a good idea, " I thought. "The Gospels are so familiar, to read them as a 'modern life' will be very refreshing."
And sometimes the author approached the potential -- a few paragraphs here and there really did cast light on Jesus as an actual human being.
However, Mr. Barton evidently decided to ignore His divinity. That's just as unbalanced as the too reverential tomes which ignore His humanity. Barton mentions healing, feeding the 5,000 etc., but never acknowledges that He is actually working miracles.
Further, he implies that it was the strength of Jesus' message which caused it to last for 2,000 years, rather than its being the actual, living Word of God, straight from His Son. Barton seems to think it's like something from Karl Marx or Charles Darwin, or even Aristotle and Plato.
And finally, he ends with the crucifixion, ignoring the Resurrection altogether. Jesus was not just a magnetic preacher or an inspirational teacher. Either He was God in the flesh, or, as Lewis so aptly points out, He was a lunatic who claimed to be God.
If He was God, his humanity and His divinity should be equally acknowledged and enjoyed. That is not the case in this book. ( )
  Kathleen828 | Jan 10, 2008 |
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It was very late in the afternoon.
If you would like to learn the measure of a man, that is the time of day to watch him. We are all half an inch taller in the morning than at night; it is fairly easy to take a large view of things when the mind is rested and the nerves are calm. But the day is a steady drain of small annoyances, and the difference in the size of a man becomes hourly more apparent. The little man loses his temper; the big man takes a firmer hold.
It was very late in the afternoon in Galilee.
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