Preach only the Nazarene’s words and we shall be able to live with one another. But of course you are not content with those few words. You add new things daily. You nibble at Hellenism, you appropriate our holy days, our ceremonies, all in the name of a Jew who knew them not. You rob us, and reject us, while quoting the arrogant Cyprian who said that outside your faith there can be no salvation! Is one to believe that a thousand generations of men, among them Plato and Homer, are lost because they did not worship a Jew who was supposed to be god? a man not born when the world began? You invite us to believe that the One God is not ‘jealous’, as the Jews say, but evil? I am afraid it takes extraordinary self-delusion to believe such things. Extract from Julian by Gore Vidal, a recommended read, available to purchase here from Amazon. To read my criticisms of Vidal’s theory of American empire, click here.