Sunday 27 January 2013

Raphael's Judgement of Christ

A very short extract from Distant Intimacy, the forthcoming Frederic Raphael / Joseph Epstein correspondence (see my January 18th blog). Here's the former, on the Son of God:

He put down his betters in a very 1960s-ish way and showed off as he did it, but he never said anything that one wishes one had said oneself, did he?

A good point well made.

J. Christ (by Raphael)

I'm reminded of a friend at school (this would be in the 1970s) who once told our RE teacher (the aptly-named Mr. Oddie) that he'd been reading the Gospels very closely and thought they were all true. Then he added: "But I don't think they're important."

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