Fri Sep 22 16:36:10 2000
Timothy Freke doesn't sound like an evil intellectual intent on destroying the moral underpinnings of our society, but he is certain to be accused of being just that. Soft spoken and articulate, he seems like a man with the best intentions, a person who truly wishes to improve the state of religion and spirituality in Western society.
So what's all the fuss about? Freke, along with his lifelong friend Peter Gandy, is the author of The Jesus Mysteries, a radical new look at Christian origins that suggests that Jesus the man did not exist at all. Freke and Gandy pose the view that Jesus was a mythical character created in the mold of the mythological Osiris/Dionysus god-man character. While the so-called Quest for the Historical Jesus is nothing new, the thesis in The Jesus Mysteries takes the mission one step further.
When interviewing Freke during his recent U.S. tour, the first question was obvious: Why did you write The Jesus Mysteries ?