“At first, there were no writings, no rules, and no churches. Just stories about Jesus of Nazareth.
Try to picture that for a moment. Nothing but wide-eyed people whispering to one another about an amazing man.
Gradually people wrote down these stories, whether first or second hand. As they were passed around, there blossomed myriad interpretations of this astonishing person’s life and the things he was said to have said. Different communities with different ideas and emphases sprang up in different places—wildflowers in a field—the revelation of Christ interpreted differently in the hearts of humans.
If by “traditional” we mean the oldest version of something, then this ragtag riffing, these quirky campfires, are the most traditional form of Christianity we know of.”
—from “Making Belief,” now available on Amazon