January 4, 2018.
“Jesus is Lord!” are the triumphant words with which Joseph Sobran ends the essay, “The Man They Still Hate,” which was first published in 1999 and reposted about a year ago. He begins his essay with these words: “The world has long since forgiven Julius Caesar. Nobody today finds Socrates or Cicero irritating. Few of us resent Alexander the Great or his tutor, Aristotle. No, only one man in the ancient world is still hated after two millennia: Jesus Christ.” At first reading, that sounds strange to me: hated?
It has been said of great writers and philosophers that if you want to understand them, you must read them in their own words, rather than the words of the commentators and critics who seek to interpret and explain them. So to understand Greek philosophy, read Plato and Aristotle. not the erudite commentaries; to understand the theory of relativity, read Einstein. (And yes, his book is pretty straightforward and reasonably short.)
The same goes for Joseph Sobran: if you started in by reading the Wikipedia article about him (which you can, right here, right now), you would have a very different impression of Sobran and his thoughts than if you began by reading a double handful of his relevant essays.