Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 13 mei 2006 - Vorige week publiceerde katholieknederland.nl een interview met Paul Verhoeven. De wereldberoemde filmregisseur zei dat hij met zijn nog te publiceren boek over ...
Paul Verhoeven came to Seattle to speak about his life-long interest in Jesus, and sign copies of his book "Jesus". On March 30th, 2010 he was the last author to hit Elliott Bay Books at their old location in Pioneer Square.
My old dad read the Old and New Testament, who knows how many times, while in hiding from the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands in WWII. You could say he knew the scriptures.
In 1962 Daddy moved our little family from Amsterdam to a farm house in the middle of nowhere, way up north. We might as well have moved to Australia, that's how far away Allardsoog seemed to be from Amsterdam. Living in self chosen exile, my dad did miss communicating with a great variety of people. So whenever missionaries made their way down the dirt path to our remote farm house, he welcomed them with open arms. Served them tea, cookies, offered them a stiff drink too. They wanted to talk about Jesus? He was well prepared. And he wouldn't let them go until I returned from school. That's when I'd see them leave, miffed, shaken, perhaps stirred by the old Jew.
I bought a copy of Paul Verhoeven's book "Jesus" and since I knew we have some friends in common, I mentioned their names. To talk about the old days brought a smile to the film director's face.
At the time I didn't realize the book is a gift when writing about my Dad and his point of view, I recognize more than I could have imagined.
My apologies, the linked article is in Dutch. Posted on the site of the Roman Catholic Church of the Netherlands there's some criticism for Verhoeven's book. Catholics don't like to see Jesus as a man, detached from the church.
PS I may add translation of the article in the future.