"I found it intriguing as Beckford tried to peel back the layers of Christendom that has muffled the message of Jesus...."Robert Beckford's investigation into The Secret Family of Jesus... perhaps may have seemed a tad controversial but I found it intriguing as Beckford tried to peel back the layers of Christendom that has muffled the message of Jesus.
The core of his programme was to look into the evidence for the family of Jesus and to raise questions as to why they were 'airbrushed from history'. With the Gospel of Thomas and the Da Vinci Code very much in mind - Beckford's conclusion eventually was pretty much orthodox and that as a Christian he feels that the "greatest conspiracy in Christian history" has been the resultant "loss of Jesus' original human message that spoke out against injustice and oppression, His moral code and heralding the Kingdom of God on earth here and now". (Read the Evangelical alliance's statement here).
The power struggle between Peter, Paul and James would make for interesting research particularly on it's impact on our understanding of mission and therefore eccleisology. Beckford points out the two former apostle's focus their message about Jesus's message, whereas James' (if he was Jesus' brother) is more focused on Jesus' actual message itself. Anyway it has sent be scurrying to the 'Epistle of Straw!"