Is this one of the most ridiculous headlines going? It would surely have made a much bigger headline if Rowan had found it persuasive!The actual article is about the book "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ" and Rowan's review of it. The full review can be found here, with others by Bishop Alan Wilson here, and the Church Times here.
The question that I want to explore is whether this might become one of those cultural events that Christians "have" to partake in so that we have a view! So far this has happened to me with The Passion Of The Christ and The Da Vinci Code. Neither were films that I particularly wanted to see, but in both cases I felt that I "ought" to see them. I was nearly tempted by the same logic into getting a copy of this book, but the reviews that I read led me to believe that I would learn little more of use and so I have decided not to.
Would I do the same again with the films? I actually found The Passion of the Christ particularly moving, and with hindsight would see it for my own sake - but the Da Vinci code? No chance!