"But aren't it all a sham?"

Over break, due to some peculiar circumstances, I had a lot of time to think about this sentence:
Only a Christ could have conceived a Christ.
It comes from Joseph Parker, from a book titled Ecce Deus (1867). I found it in a book of collected wisdom and aphorisms. I deduced that Parker was suggesting that it hardly matters whether the story of Jesus is a true history or a fabrication. Here's the extended quote, which did not appear in the book of wisdom and aphorisms:
It is an affront to common sense that it is an imaginary sketch; but even if it be, what then? The problem is not solved; for as only a poet can write a poem, so only a Christ could have conceived a Christ.
I guess I think Parker's making a good point here. Can we imagine psychological depths & heights that we have not plumbed or scaled ourself? The other day I asked my wife, a poet, why she never writes about herself. She replied, "Everything I write is about me--how could it be otherwise?"

So maybe we imagine a 1st-century writing contest where the writer of the Q-Gospel dreamed the whole story of Jesus up. It certainly shifts our focus (from the "character" to the author), but would it diminish our wonder?


fenhopper said...

did she really say "how could it be otherwise?"

does she talk that way?

Casey said...

Of course not -- wouldn't it be awesome if she did, tho?

fenhopper said...

anytime my wife tells me to get her a small fries from mcdonalds she adds 'for it shall be so'

not really