Re: Suggestions needed for August & September 2011 NON-FICTION book discussion!
The question here is which book would produce the best discussion. Having suggested it, I am now re-reading Christ In Egypt
by Murdock, and am again struck by what a brilliant, informative and accessible perspective she presents on history. Murdock is a total controversialist, utterly rigorous in method, but uncompromising with regard to what she sees as corrupt and degraded dominant traditions of historiography. Her exclusion from academic discussion is a scandal. On the one side she is treated as a pariah due to the prejudice of those who cannot imagine their precious Jesus is a myth, and on the other side she is castigated by prejudiced modernists who see myth as obsolete. Murdock treads the narrow path between these errors to bring myth alive. This is why she gets attacked with such vitriol from all sides; she is casting decisive blows to the houses of cards of both orthodox theology and secular atheism. Every page of Christ in Egypt
is brimful with scholarly research on the real story of how Christianity came to be, analysed with dispassionate scientific logic and evidence.Christ in Egypt
was just published in 2009, and has not really been noticed in mainstream circles, although it has received some excellent reviews
. In many ways it presents a starting point for analysis, which a Booktalk discussion could help. There is plenty of scope for discussion about how the book has been received and the cultural implications of its findings, especially regarding what the relation between Egyptian and Christian religion has to say about the status of contemporary Christianity.
Booktalk has not previously selected a book that claims that Jesus Christ did not exist. This is a live cultural debate, where Booktalk can make a real contribution. Whether or not Christian apologists join, there is abundant material here for learning about a topic that is culturally important but weakly understood by most.