Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Radical Middle Path: The Jesus of Ingersoll, Herron, and Debs

Over at the Religion in American History blog, I posted a review of David Burns' book The Life and Death of the Radical Historical Jesus. The book takes a look at conceptions of Jesus held by so-called American "radicals" in the late-19th and early-20th century. The radicals--figures like Robert Ingersoll, Geroge Herron, Bouck White, and Eugene Debs--combined modern biblical criticism with imaginative biographical reconstructions to create a human proletarian Jesus who vigorously protested the political powers-that-be. You can click on over to the site to read more.