I’m very grateful to Neil, Angie and Jasmine for alerting me to the news that a 45 minute documentary has been made, which investigates the likelihood of Jesus having once visited Britain. There are a number of points of interest here, as reported in the Telegraph and in the Daily Mail, so I’ll just go through them briefly.
The film is being premiered at the British Film Institute in London this coming Friday, so it’s interesting to see that such an apparently ‘taboo’ subject [at least as far as my book's concerned] is receiving such a prominent launch and airing. As to whether it will galvanise any leading Christians to examine the mass of evidence for Jesus in Britain is another matter, but that’s entirely up to them and their congregations.
One very high profile Christian figure in Britain was sent a copy of my book to review and indeed, I’ve had several long, detailed and very amicable conversations with this person since my book’s publication; however, the person in question made it abundantly clear that they were going to see “which way the wind was blowing” before speaking about my book in the media. Well, I’ve never betrayed a confidence and I don’t intend to start now, no matter how exasperated I might be, but I think it’s a truly sorry state of affairs when someone with an extensive public platform lacks the courage of their convictions. It wouldn’t matter if, as a result of this film, they came out tomorrow and praised my book to the skies, because to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, I can live without being encumbered with help right now.
Be all that as it may, the “And Did Those Feet?” film features Dr Gordon Strachan, a university lecturer and Church of Scotland Minister, so I must confess to some surprise that a high profile Christian has publicly stated that it’s “plausible” that Jesus once visited this island. Considering the implications, if one bothers to think them through, this is quite an astounding admission, but I suspect it will still take a good while to fully seep into the public consciousness. Dr Strachan’s statement has slightly spoiled a post I’ve long intended to write about the church ignoring this matter, but for regular readers of Eternal Idol, I promise that an intriguing account of certain activities of the Bishop of Salisbury will surface sooner or later.
Otherwise, I’m also slightly surprised that the film’s director, Ted Harrison, thinks that there’s a paucity of archaeological evidence, but it’s his film, so he’s entitled to air his views. For my part, I think otherwise, but I’ve written about this in great detail in my book, while I’ve said before that I couldn’t include all the available evidence and still more has come to light since publication.
Mr Harrison has a number of things to say that I find baffling, not least because he was a former Religious Correspondent for the BBC, but I’ll leave it to others to pick through his words if they’re so inclined. However, one statement in particular caught my eye and this was: ‘He [Jesus] would have come [to Britain] to learn what was being taught about astronomy and geometry which was being taught at “universities” run by druids at the time.’
There are times when mere words fail me, and this is one of those vanishingly rare occasions, so I’ll call a halt for now. I’ll simply say that there’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind that Jesus spent as many as 18 years in the West Country and in South Wales, but not for the reasons provided in the above newspaper articles. If you’re a newcomer to this site who is interested in the subject of Jesus in Britain, then you might care to have a good look at the contents of a website specifically set up to cover this subject – The Missing Years of Jesus.
It will ultimately bring you back here, but you might find something of interest along the way and if so, you might care to study the page above entitled ‘The Missing Years of Jesus’, as well as the various links in the AD 12- 30 category on the right of this page.
Finally, I wish Dr Strachan and Mr Harrison the very best of luck with their documentary and I look forward to seeing it at some point, in which case I’ll happily post a detailed review here. In the meantime, I’m grateful to every one of you who has written in with information on Jesus in Britain and I can only apologise once again for not having posted it up in the manner it deserves. I can only say that I’ve been extremely distracted in recent months, but all the fascinating material is safely stored away here and it will certainly see the light of day in one way, shape or form sooner or later.
Update, November 26th: This story and subject have now acquired ‘official’ status as a result of a feature on the BBC news site.
Update, November 28th: My warm & sincere thanks to everyone who has emailed me, phoned me, stopped me in the street and knocked on my door to tell me about the major features on the documentary about the missing years of Jesus in the Daily Mail and elsewhere on the internet. I’m very grateful to you all and I appreciate everything that’s sent to me, regardless of the subject matter the communications deal with.
Although I’ve written a detailed book on the subject, I do not have the monopoly on the ‘missing years’ of Jesus. As I’ve written before, it’s a mystery that captured my imagination several years ago and I’d argue that it is the greatest historical mystery that we’re aware of. As such, I conducted the most thorough and impartial investigation that I could, the result being the book that’s been available since March of this year.
Again, as I’ve written before, not all the available material made it into my book; I’ve posted up some further information on this site under the category of AD 12 – 30, while more still has been sent to me in the meantime. The initial reaction from some quarters was that the notion of Jesus visiting Britain was completely ‘outlandish’, but now, thanks to the efforts of the two learned gentlemen whose 45 minute documentary was launched today, it is global and mainstream news, and I wish them both the very best of luck with promoting their work and disseminating their ideas to the world.
I’ve not finished with this subject yet – not by a country mile – so I shall continue to post up material that is directly and indirectly related to this apparently baffling period in the life of the most famous person ever to have lived.
Be that as it may, I have a backlog of other material that I intend to post up when time allows. I’ve made what some others might think are highly ambitious claims before now regarding written and photographic evidence of a sensational nature, so perhaps it’s time to start delivering the goods once again, as far as highly controversial subject matter is concerned.
My warm thanks also to my friend Amanda Cooper.