Blog: The Gospel According to Jesus - 2013-09-02
That is the title of another book by Stephen Mitchell, whose translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching I have many times recommended on this blog and in my books. The subtitle is: A New Translation and Guide to his Essential Teachings for Believers and Unbelievers.
Mitchell undertakes an effort begun by such noted Americans as Thomas Jefferson and Ralph Waldo Emerson, both of whom assayed to differentiate the life and words of Jesus from the hype, falsehood, misdirection and fear they perceived had been added to the Scriptures by others.
I am going to share one passage from the introduction of Mitchell's book that I believe might resonate on several levels with people who have invested in the Scientology experience.