On The Burial of Jesus

On Facebook, Kristi Outler Byrd mentioned that she was trying to have read 81 books this year, and that #79, which she had just finished at that point, was my book The Burial of Jesus: What Does History Have to Do with Faith? (published by Patheos Press, and available as an ebook for only $2.99). She also said that she highly recommends the book. When I thanked her for her kind words, and said that I am glad that she enjoyed the book, she added the following, and I asked for her permission to share what she said, since it gave me great delight:

Having had a certain kind of faith that crumbled upon investigation and scrutiny, certain writers (you among them ) have been instrumental in me being able to look at things in new ways and form a different kind of faith, one that is stronger.

That’s what I hoped for when I wrote the book. I hope other readers find the book equally helpful!


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  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/bianymeans Trav Mamone

    Same for me, too. Books like yours and Marcus Borg’s have helped my faith evolve.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      So glad to hear that!

  • http://twitter.com/lockledger Dr. Lock Ledger

    I have not read the book, but the publishing notes on Amazon. It is an historical fact that Christianity has everything to do with the body 2000 years ago. Knowing the history of Second Temple Judaism points everything to the body. You can carry on a Christian philosophy without the resurrection, but you can’t be authentic about the religion without the body coming back from the dead.

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  • Kristi O. Byrd

    A faith based on the so-called fundamentals, especially inerrancy, is like a house of cards; you cannot breathe or move around it nor can anyone else. Once you let yourself question, those cards are going to tumble.

    For me the question that scattered the cards was the doctrine of Hell as I had been taught in church (Hell as an eternal torture chamber). When my Dad, a non-Christian but a man who lived a more Christ-like life than most folks with whom I shared a pew on Sundays, died, the reality of what my church taught on Hell and what that necessarily stated about the nature of God opened the door to all those long ignored questions.

    Questions beget more questions. This, frankly, can be frightening but can lead to a different kind of faith, one, ironically, I think follows the example of Jesus more closely because it accepts both reality and mystery, relies in faith as trust in something greater than myself instead of a mere assent to a set of beliefs and a particular hermeneutical construct.

    I would enthusiastically recommend The Burial of Jesus to anyone. And I have. It contributes a great deal to a much needed conversation within Christendom.

  • Mark Erickson

    I’m sure everyone trying to complete a book by a deadline will enjoy TBoJ. At 60 pages, it surely fits the bill. They must be densely packed pages to get such a wonderful response. I’m curious, how many chapters are there?

    • Kristi O. Byrd

      It’s not the number of pages but the quality of the content that makes a book worthy of the time invested. A lot of us – ahem – regular folk don’t have a background in this stuff and this book is a perfect introduction to how history intersects with faith.

      Don’t have my Kindle handy so I can’t tell you about the chapters. It’s a quick read, yes, but definitely a worthy one.

      • Mark Erickson

        Thanks for the reply to my snark. If you check your Kindle later, can you tell me how many words there are?

        • Kristi O. Byrd

          Sure. I’ll get right on it. One, two, three, four, five, six…..