TIME TRAVELERS WHO VISIT JESUS…

I was introduced to The Confederacy of Dunces in 1982. Walker Percy was a participant at the inaugural Southern Literary Conference hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I was a student.

At the group meeting with Mr. Percy, he spoke about John Kennedy Toole and Confederacy of Dunces. I, after the group meeting completed walked to the University Bookstore and ordered a copy. I think this was the first printing of the book in soft cover. I read the book quickly, and a few months later, I read a second time.

I’ve read once since my second reading in 1982. I’m now 72. I’m up early each morning now, between 3am and 5am. I’m usually on the computer after feeding the cat and the dog.

This morning, as usual, I was on the computer and ran across an interesting book, Jesus Was a Time Traveler.

Time travel. Every sober scientist claims it’s utterly impossible. Of course, Phineas Templeton is no “sober” scientist, in any sense of the word. An arrogant English chap with a taste for fine scotch, Dr. Templeton also happens to be one of the finest minds the world of physics has ever known.

By the year 2032, with funding from his shadowy Benefactor, he put the finishing touches on his time machine. His mission? Travel to ancient Judea and meet none other than Jesus Christ Himself.

There’s only one problem: upon his arrival, Dr. Templeton finds that “Jesus” is actually a time traveler from the future, a stoned grad student from Colorado named “Trent Albertson.” Trent explains that history is fixed and immutable: “What happened, happened,” no matter what meddlesome time travelers do during their stays in the past.

While investigating this book, another popped up,

The Last Starship from Earth. The Last Starship From Earth is a dystopian novel set in 1968 and 1969, but not the 1968 and 1969 that I remember, or lived through. In the world of this story, Jesus did not die on the cross, but was killed leading an assault on Rome. He was the Messiah that people expected. The government of John Boyd’s world is a global government run by Christians along “scientific” lines, where psychologists and sociologists in conjunction with the Church and an AI Pope rule the world. People marry and mate because of their genes, sort of like the film Gattaca, and the hero of our story is Haldane IV, M-5, 138270, 3/10/46, a math student of great promise, being the fourth in line of great mathematicians. Unfortunately Haldane gets the hots for Helix, a mere poet. By law and social custom Haldane is expected to have nothing to do with her, but as you’d expect he falls in love with her.

READ MORE: The Time Travelers Who Visit Jesus

So, what does time travel to meet Jesus have to do with The Confederacy of Dunces?

While reading the synopsis of the two books, Ignatius Jacques Reilly appeared in my mind. A new character that joins the array of characters that already exist. A new plot point. A new novel. Ignatius meets a physicist who invents a Time Machine that takes Ignatius back to the time of Jesus and Ignatius becomes the 13th disciple.

So what could go wrong?