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A Cross of Centuries: Twenty-Five Imaginative Tales About the Christ

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A collection of stories about the Biblical Jesus and others by writers including Dostoyevsky, Bradbury, and Hemingway.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Thunder's Mouth Press (first published May 7th 2007)
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One of the reasons that I don't read short story collections very much is that the stories are generally so uneven. That's particularly true in this case, as a great many very different writers are brought to gather to make statements about a subject people tend to feel pretty passionate about one way or the other.

I liked only eight or nine of the 25 stories. But I guess by Sturgeon's Law, that means this is a pretty good collection. Bradbury's 'The Man' (2 stars) was just 'meh' and didn't seem
Julie Davis
I picked this up dirt cheap after Scott Danielson told me that Jesse Willis brought it to his attention. Editor Michael Bishop is a Christian but is interested here in presenting stories by believers and unbelievers alike, as long as the stories are good ones. Therefore, this is a collection of pieces by some of the most celebrated science fiction authors around including Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, and Gene Wolfe. When any of the authors fall far out of line with Christian thinking it is be ...more
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Intriguing collection of short stories with Christ/Christology as the central idea to each. Some of the authors trotted out well-worn themes to no new/interesting conclusion (what if Jesus didn't really die/rise - zomg!) while others thoughtfully prodded and surprised. I especially liked Bruce Holland Rogers' Cross Carriers, written in the "symmetrina form", as noted in his Author's Commentary following the entry. (All of the Commentaries provided some context, though of course the stories [most ...more
A wide array of stories featuring Jesus or a Christ figure. This collection is a mixed bag with some thought-provoking stories and some ho-hum attempts.
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