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Master's mistake. For a secular reading of the Gospels

If we read the Gospels as an anthropologist would do, without religious overlaps we see that they tell another story, that of a Jewish preacher announcing the imminence of the kingdom of God. On the basis of unclear accusations, he appears defenceless in the face of the accusers. It fails its purpose. He was wrong. They crucify him. The Gospels are simple biographical-religious documents, trying to account for a failure. Before being transcribed, they were transmitted orally, in a mostly illegitimate environment, passing the message from mouth to mouth and changing its meaning. It is thus that from the painful tale of a failure, the disciples and followers, instead of dispersing, begin to elaborate a hidden meaning of the senseless history of the teacher. They have no intention but this. They do not want to establish a new religion, but to give dignity to the cross. The narrated story inextricably intertwines the diffusion of the teacher's preaching with the unexpected conclusion of his life. This makes the Gospels an incomplete text in essence, to be read among the texts, wonderful and complicated, always to be repeated, just as it is always to be repeated the "wrong" story of the teacher. It is by mistake, through successive reinterpretations, that in the following centuries a religion will be born and a new moral value will be discovered, but also a new instrument of political oppression. All by mistake and love.

  • Author: Brunella Antomarini
  • Format: Brossura, 14 x 23 cm
  • Page: 93
  • Editor: Derivelandidi
  • Collar: 64
  • Year: 2006

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