I was interested in Barrie Wilson's book "How Jesus Became Christian" because it ostensibly explored the differences between Paul and the disciples who knew Jesus. However, upon reading it, I found it disappointing on several levels. Rather than exploring how these differences showed diversity within the early Christian faith, he denies that Paul and Jesus's disciples even shared the same religion, and he views Jesus himself as a xenophobic Jew whose main interest was in purging Palestine of any foreign influences. The book is mainly an exposition of a grand conspiracy theory directed at Paul and his successors. I reviewed the book in much greater detail in a blog that I created to serve as a repository for much longer postings than what I normally post here.
Update 6/10/2004: I decided it was a dumb idea to create that other blog, so I've moved my long review over to this blog, which you can read here, and back dated it so that it appears immediately after this posting.
Posted by Mystical Seeker at 10:14 AM