THE DIVINE PROPAGANDIST by Lord

THE DIVINE PROPAGANDIST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A distinguished British public servant presents for ""worldly men of my generation"" the story of Jesus in terms of their acceptance. That his father was a minister of the Church of Scotland in Canada may have been- he acknowledges- a contributing factor. But here is Scottish concept of religion. Instead he sees Jesus revealing himself by slow degrees, just as the spread of faith is slow, as casual happenings bear witness that the Divine Spirit can still inspire us. His early life- by the very lack of records- was that of any child, the carpentry shop, the village, the walks over the hills, the preaching and teaching among simple folk, the baptism by John, last of the old line of prophets. The temptations, too, have their human parallels- the senses, vain glory, submission a power of evil. His mission was one of teaching, preaching, healing, recruiting. The Sermen on the Mount bears witness that the Jesus of the Gospels was not the Jesus of the Church. He taught the road to happiness; he sought no ascetic role but rather an internal state of . His choice of disciples lay among simple tenacious men. He himself was no ""gentle Jesus"", but a happy warrior, resolute, stern, even merciless, and a supreme propagandist, determined to break down religious formalism: Today the Church has perverted his aim and distorted his Nazareth. Lord Beaverbrook then goes on to discuss the types and purpose of the miracles, of the parables, of the promises of eternal life, of as an state of mind. At the end, Jesus chose the road of sacrifice and selflessness, so that in the supreme sacrifice he could dramatize the perfect symbol, the goal. A that many who doubt can accept.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1962
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce