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 President Thomas Jefferson: “Jesus did not mean to impose himself on mankind as the son of God . . .” </

Prince Philip: “[Jesus] might be described as an underprivileged, working-class victim of political and religious persecution.” 

Fidel Castro: “I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure [Jesus Christ].” 

Mikhail Gorbachev: “Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.” 

Malcolm X told Playboy: “Christ wasn’t white. Christ was black. The poor, brainwashed Negro has been made to believe Christ was white to maneuver him into worshiping white men. . . . A white Jesus. A white Virgin. White angels. White everything. But a black Devil, of course.” 

Martin Luther King Jr.: “Jesus Christ was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.” 

Rollo May (American existential psychologist): “Christ is the therapist <for all humanity.” 

Lakota Native American tribe: Jesus is “the buffalo calf of God.”

From chapter one of Vintage Jesus, by Mark Driscoll and Garry Beshears.


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