By Paul Verhoeven

Development at the paintings of biblical scholars--Rudolph Bultmann, Raymond Brown, Jane Schaberg, and Robert Funk, between others--filmmaker Paul Verhoeven disrobes the legendary Jesus to bare a guy who has a lot in universal with different nice political leaders all through history--human beings who believed that fluctuate was once coming of their lifetimes. long gone is the Jesus of the miracles, long past the son of God, long past the weaver of arcane parables whose meanings are imprecise. of their position Verhoeven provides us his imaginative and prescient of Jesus as a whole guy, an individual who used to be replaced by means of occasions, the chief of a political circulate, and, possibly most significantly, anyone who, in his speeches and sayings, brought a brand new ethic during which the embody of human contradictions transcends the mechanics of price and value that had outlined the fabric international earlier than Jesus. "The Romans observed [Jesus] as an insurrectionist, what this day is usually referred to as a terrorist. it's very most likely there have been 'wanted' posters of him at the gates of Jerusalem. He was once harmful simply because he used to be proclaiming the dominion of Heaven, yet this wasn't the dominion of Heaven as we expect of it now, a few spectral factor sooner or later, up within the sky. For Jesus, the dominion of Heaven used to be a really tangible factor. whatever that used to be already current in the world, within the comparable manner that Che Guevara proclaimed Marxism because the introduction of worldwide swap. in the event you have been totalitarian rulers, working an profession just like the Romans, this was once troubling speak, and that was once why Jesus was once killed." --Paul Verhoeven, from profile by way of Mark Jacobson in long island journal

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Si eso es cierto, me podríais preguntar: ¿qué les sucede, entonces, a esas almas que no mueren? Pues bien, en algunos lugares de nuestro planeta creen que el alma se reencarna, es decir que pasa a vivir dentro del cuerpo de otra persona o animal. Y en otros rincones de la tierra, la gente cree que las almas viajan a un lugar llamado paraíso, donde viven para siempre contemplando a su dios. En los capítulos precedentes, hemos estado hablando sobre el primero de los dos grandes pilares en los que se apoyan casi todas las religiones: la existencia de dioses que crearon nuestro mundo y todo lo que existe.

O tan complicado como sacar diez mil caras seguidas al lanzar diez mil veces una moneda no trucada. Suena casi imposible, ¿verdad? Pero no lo es si pensamos, no en una persona lanzando una moneda, sino en miles de millones de personas lanzando cada una su moneda. Así, es posible que a alguna de esas personas le salieran diez mil caras seguidas. Pues bien, en el universo hay miles de millones de planetas. En el nuestro surgió la vida (diez mil caras) y es posible que en otros haya salido diez mil cruces, o cinco mil caras y cinco mil cruces alternas, o diez mil cantos… y que hayan brotado cosas también desconcertantes, apabullantes, hermosas o no, a las que se pueda llamar vida o no.

Supongo que, de haberlo hecho, algunas personas se habrían sentido ofendidas por mi petición, pero desde luego no hubiese sido mi intención herir. Sencillamente, habría hecho lo mismo que hago ante cualquier presunción de existencia: querer conocer. Dada la imposibilidad de presentarnos a sus dioses (con motivo), las personas religiosas suelen decirnos que lo que sí nos pueden enseñar son las múltiples maravillas de nuestro mundo. Como explicaré en el próximo capítulo, opino que la magnificencia y la asombrosa complejidad de nuestro planeta y del universo prueban la existencia de nuestro planeta y del universo, no la existencia de un creador misterioso.

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