Thursday, February 19, 2015
"If two thousand years of pious handling had not dimmed both this story and its demand, [Mark’s] gospel would still be seen as the burning outrage it continues to be. It is either a work of madness or blinding revelation. The acts it portrays, the claim it advances, from the very first paragraph — demands that we make a hard choice. If we take it seriously — we must finally ask the question the author thrusts so flagrantly toward us. Does he bring us a life-transforming truth; or is it one gifted lunatic’s tale of another lunatic, wilder than he?"