The Gospel and the Zodiac: The Secret Truth About Jesus (Hardcover)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (26 Oct 2007)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 071563691X
- ISBN-13: 978-0715636916
Available from all good booksellers.
Soon to be in paperback!
It has already been tranlsated into Czech and Russian!
‘For millennia the figure of Jesus has dominated the religious consciousness of the Western world, but the Christian belief that the historical Jesus is the unique incarnation of God has long been a source of division within Christendom, and it is now proving a stumbling block to wider ecumenical relations, as Christianity comes into contact as never before with the other great religious systems of the world. But what if the conviction that Jesus is God’s only Son were founded in error? What if there never was a historical Jesus? What if the Gospels have been misread for two thousand years?
In The Gospel and the Zodiac, Unitarian minister Bill Darlison demonstrates that the Gospel of Mark – considered the primary document of Christianity – is deliberately structured around the signs of the zodiac. Darlison argues that the Gospel was originally an esoteric, rather than a historical text, and that its stories were never intended to be interpreted in a literal sense. Rather, they are dramatic representations of stages in spiritual development, and repositories of arcane wisdom.
This extraordinary study shows how Christianity relates to other world faiths and as such is deeply ecumenical. It aims to rediscover Christianity’s dynamic character by interpreting the Gospels in the light of the culture in which they were created, rather than viewing them through the distorting lens of contemporary prejudices. It is a radical new interpretation of the Gospels, and makes an important contribution to the contemporary debate about the existence and significance of Jesus.’