The great question about Jesus must always be: Did he make a difference? Is our world, in a century that began with the Turkish genocide against Armenians, reached its nadir with the “scientific” holocaust of six million Jews (and five million others), not to speak of the slaughter by their own governments of Russians and Chinese in the scores of millions, and now comes to its end with genocides in central Africa and “ethnic cleanings” in the Balkans that are still, horribly enough, ” in progress-–is our world any better than the one inhabited by the Celts and Romans of twenty-four centuries ago?

Thomas Cahill, Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History)

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