The crucifixion saved him [Jesus]. He never had to deal with the fact that the kingdom of God wasn’t ever going to come. His disciples, of course, had to deal with it, and little by little they had to realize that it’s a metaphorical thing. Well, that’s not what Jesus meant. I’m fairly sure he meant it literally. But he must have been the most fascinating man.
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And before I’d got to the end of the first paragraph, I’d come up slap bang against a fundamental problem