The Real Jesus?

Reading the Gospels Without Prejudice Isn't So Easy

A discussion going back centuries concerns the relationship between Scripture and Tradition. Does the text of the Bible, taken by itself, teach the same thing as the tradition which has interpreted it? Or has tradition supplemented or even distorted the teaching of the text? And what would Christianity look like if it were based on "the text alone"?

In two powerful old books, literary giants George Bernard Shaw and Gilbert Keith Chesterton took up this question. Shaw's discussion is found in the Preface to his play Androcles and the Lion (1912); Chesterton's appears in The Everlasting Man (1925).

Early in the Preface (in the section "The Gospels...


received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He writes on education, politics, religion, and culture.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #43, Winter 2017 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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