24 November 2014: Spong on ‘Separating the Fourth Gospel’ – lead by Jane

Books should disturb us ‘like an axe on a frozen lake’. Treat the Bible like a sausage to be taken as a whole – not attempt to unscramble into its component parts. John’s gospel is very different in content and approach to the 3 synopics. The writer was a mystic, he gives a profound portrait of Jesus but does not contain a word he spoke! Very Jewish book eg extensive use of ‘I Am’ as used in OT for God. The gospel was very influential at the Council of Nicea – the mystics won the day. Hence Trinity, Creed etc. Some differences with synoptics identified.

Ian Harris