As you may have picked up from the news, the American television host Bill O’Reilly wrote the book Killing Jesus, in which he claims that Jesus was killed because he protested against the heavy taxation system of the Romans. O really?
Candida R. Moss of the Univerisity of Notre Dame wrote an entertaining review of the book. She writes a.o.: “Killing Jesus has all the critical rigor of your local church’s Nativity play.” In response to this piece O’Reilly invited her to his show to discuss the matter, which resulted in the following conversation:
Apart from the obvious oddities O’Reilly put forward, the strange distinction between politics (taxation) and theology (helping the poor) and his (deliberate?) ignorance of the term ‘anachronistic’ is telling. Moss’s last statement is worth mentioning in full:
“I think in your book that you not contribute a sustained historical methodology and you misrepresent and cherry pick the facts. And I think you failed to recognize just how intrinsic to Jesus’s message care for the poor, the needy, the sick is.”