Sunday 11 December 2016

Secularism is not a dirty word

Published 27/09/2010 | 05:00

THE Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Luke, Matthew) are genuine secular documents. So it surprises me that secularism has become something of a dirty word of late.

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The Sermon on the Mount, the parables of Jesus, the lifestyle, the clothing worn, the language, the miracles, cures and signs from heaven, are all laymen's accounts, expressed in the vernacular and recorded and edited in Aramaic, Greek and Latin.

Even the most mythologised elements of those beautiful and classic recordings are essentially secular in nature. In fact, Jesus was so 'ordinary' himself that he was reproached by the religious experts as a bad example and a law breaker: "a drunk and a glutton, a friend of tax collectors and assorted sinners".

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