Good Gospel Good God: new CU book

This bold and provocative book synthesizes the story of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, through a forensic and powerful re-examination and re-telling of the Gospels.

Good Gospel Good God highlights and redefines the founding Christian principles of mercy, forgiveness and redemption. And it is a work underpinned by the conviction that Christ’s mission was to preach a vision of universal redemption: the reassurance that all will be saved.

As the author puts it:
‘The heart of this book is a homemade layman’s gospel, formed by merging the accounts which our four biblical Gospels give of the teaching and ministry of Jesus Christ, together with a few of his sayings preserved in the Gospel of Thomas.

My layman’s gospel … is arranged by themes into nine chapters, in the first five of which (THE RABBI) the stress is rather on the teaching of Jesus, in the last four (THE CHRIST) on his mission and nature.

Identical versions of my layman’s gospel are presented twice. In the first version (‘A gospel to read’) the aim is to encourage continuous reading and make it easy to view each theme as a whole, and so the gospel as a whole.

The second version (‘A gospel to study’) starts with its own introduction and a schedule of contents. Each chapter of the text is then divided into sections and subdivided into items; these are numbered to make access easy, and the page opposite each section consists of references, comments and cross-references.’

Edited with an introduction by Daunt’s son, this edition includes the author’s detailed commentary (discovered only in 2023) about the impetus and the methodology behind the writing of the book.

After military service at the end of the Second World War, Patrick Daunt read Classics at Oxford before working in academia in Australia and the private and public sector of English secondary schools. Between 1965 and 1973, he was headteacher of Thomas Bennett School in Crawley (then the largest school in the country), and a pioneer for comprehensive education. From 1974 until his retirement, Daunt worked for the EU Commission, latterly setting up and leading their Bureau for Action for Disabled People. He died in 2013.

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