Controversial biblical scholar and Jesus Seminar co-founder John Dominic Crossan spoke at Concordia last November, addressing the topic â€œJesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
Like Crossan himself, the Jesus Seminar has been controversial among Christians. Its participantsÂ voted on the historic authenticity of sayings and events attributed to Jesus in the New Testament Gospels. Their work flew in the face of more traditional interpretative methodology and raised hackles.
The Religion News Service recently conducted an interview with the former Roman Catholic priest. Here’s an excerpt:
“Q: You call the Lordâ€™s Prayer Christianityâ€™s â€œgreatest prayer,â€ but also say it can be prayed by followers of all religions. Why would non-Christians recite it?
“A: Any religionâ€™s greatest prayers should be addressed to the whole world. If a prayer only speaks to you, thatâ€™s fine. But I would like to hear you speaking to all of us. The Lordâ€™s Prayer is the greatest because it comes from the heart of Judaism and the lips of Christianityâ€”but speaks to the conscience of the world”
“Q: You also call it Christianityâ€™s â€œstrangestâ€ prayer.
“A: Ask a Christian whatâ€™s the most important things about Christianity, and see if you find those in the Lordâ€™s Prayer. When Christians emphasize whatâ€™s most important for them, itâ€™s usually not in the Lordâ€™s Prayer, and they almost never mention that â€œgive us this day our daily breadâ€ means exactly thatâ€”that everyone has a right to the material basis of life. Itâ€™s â€œstrangeâ€ in that thereâ€™s a huge discrepancy between what most people think Christianity is really about and what Jesus thinks Christianity is really about.”