Aug 25, 09
Read in January, 1994
The story of a man (Joshua) who comes to a contemporary small town in America, lives the simple life of an artist, & has a tremendous impact on the community. He is constantly critical of the Christian clergy for exerting too much authority over their flocks (which seems to me an odd judgment on contemporary mainstream Christianity) and comes into conflict with them. Meanwhile, the people in the Jewish synagogue receive him enthusiastically. Much of what happens has direct biblical parallels. Eventually, Joshua gets called to testify before the Congregation of the Faith in Rome. It's not a very good book (for one thing, it was often preachy--literally as well as generally), but it did make me want to argue with it.