Synopses & Reviews
This is a brilliant synthesis of the Apostle Paul's thought and influence, written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and eminent scholar whom the Chicago Tribune calls a ?foremost Catholic intellectual.? All through history, Christians have debated Paul's influence on the church. Though revered, Paul has also been a stone on which many stumble. Apocryphal writings by Peter and James charge Paul, in the second century, with being a tool of Satan. In later centuries, Paul became a target of ridicule for writers such as Thomas Jefferson (?the first corruptor?), George Bernard Shaw (?a monstrous imposition?), and Nietzsche (?the Dysangelist?).
Throughout history, Christians have debated Paul's influence in the church. Though revered, Paul has also been controversial--apocryphal writings by Peter and James charge Paul with being a tool of Satan. In later centuries, Paul was scorned by such writers as Thomas Jefferson, George Bernard Shaw, and Nietzsche. In this masterly analysis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills chronicles Paul's tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief, the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries, and the meaning of his words. He argues eloquently that what Paul meant was not contrary to what Jesus meant--rather, the best way to know Jesus is to discover Paul. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus' life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, offering the best reflection of those early times.
Wills' WHAT JESUS MEANT debuted at #16 on the NYTimes list on March 9th.