Re: [John_Lit] The most Offensive Gospel
- James McGrath noted a couple of things that I would
also include among the offensive points in John's
- calling people children of the devil
- saying people need to eat flesh and drink blood
I could list others but need to prepare for classes.
Besides, I think that others listers could add any
number of them.
I think that the fourth evangelist was doing something
similar to what Stanley Fish argues that Milton was
doing in "Paradise Lost," i.e., writing in a way to
force his readers to react positively or negatively to
his portrayal of God and of Satan.
For example, Fish argues that those -- like William
Blake -- who read Milton as being on the side of Satan
were actually expressing their own, not Milton's,
preference for Satan as portrayed in "Paradise Lost."
The fourth evangelist, I think, was being
intentionally provocative in order to force a
reaction, either of offense or of faith.
P.S. My own provocative remarks seem to have done
Assistant Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges
Hanshin University (Korean Theological University)
447-791 Kyunggido Osan-City
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