Book note: “Jesus, A Biography from a Believer”

by Tim Condon


Jesus of Nazareth, one image

Whether you’re a believer or not, this short “biography of Jesus” by renowned historian Paul Johnson is well worth reading. Jesus’s teachings were essentially libertarian, and gave birth to the freedom, inventiveness, justice, and wealth of Western Civilization (under assault and beleaguered though all may be today).

In the book the author audaciously posits that “What Jesus provided by his life was in effect a new Ten Commandments.” Those new ten commandments are…

…fealty to self and God, universality, equality before God, love, mercy, balance, openness of mind, pursuit of truth, judicious use of power, and courage. Says Johnson in the Introduction, “I am prepared to defend all my assertions, if challenged, by documentation. My objects have been clarity and brevity, and my desire is to convey the joy and nourishment I receive in following Jesus’s footsteps and pondering his words.”

Paul Johnson’s books are very good reads. This one is of a kind, for people of faith as well as non-believers. Well worth picking up, reading, and pondering.

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  • JP

    Thanks Tim will read it.

  • granitegrok

    Fealty to SELF and to God? In that order? It is my contention that this statement directly contradicts one of the real Ten Commandments – Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. I contend that much of society’s ills stem from the fact that we HAVE put ourselves before God – that in fact, we have become our own God and treat ourselves as such.

    Yet, the notion, the true notion of the Holiness of God, that “set apart-ness” seems to elude most – and shows the insurmountable gap between SELF and God.


    “Jesus of Nazareth, one image” LOL!!!!

    Hate to break it to ya Groksters . . . but Jesus did not resemble Hugh Jackman! He looked a lot more like Osama Bin Laden than any white-Anglo-European you can think of.


  • Tim from Nashua

    But, but, but….my hippy relatives assured me that Jesus was a small ‘c’ communist. In 2008, I was assured by the Left that Jesus was a Community Organizer. Some people ask, “What is truth?”, when the Truth is right in front of them.

    • Tim from Nashua

      Oh, and the Left is all about ‘justice’, Liberation Theology and all

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