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.
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."