Re-Visioning Jesus with James Carse

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More knowledge about the life of Jesus has surfaced during the past few years than we've known since he walked the Earth. Professor emeritus of religious history and literature at New York University, James Carse has revived an ancient tradition by writing the first full, all-new gospel of Jesus in 1,500 years. Carse talks candidly about what led him to write a modern-day version of the life and teachings of Jesus, the many faces of Jesus throughout history, and the reasons he has been portrayed in so many different lights. Carse also points out that "in the gospels, an underevaluated feature is the central role that women play in the entire life of Jesus. Jesus appeared first to a woman, and only women were present at both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Carse is the author of:

  • Breakfast at the Victory: The Mysticism of Ordinary Experience (HarperSanFrancisco 1994)
  • The Gospel of the Beloved Disciple (HarperSanFrancisco 1997)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • The resurgence of interest in Jesus today
  • How reinterpretations of the gospels are affecting Christian institutions
  • The danger of ignoring your spiritual call
  • The central role that women played in the life of Jesus
  • Why you learn the most from those you judge most harshly
  • The critical role of parables in the teaching of Jesus
  • Discovering the deeper morality of your life
  • Why it's extremely implausible that the Jews were behind the execution of Jesus
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 4/10/1998       Program Number: 2711