Edmund Hill, "Muddying the Waters or — A Book for Babel," New Blackfriars
, Vol. 59, No. 692 (January 1978) 21-31
And so we get a naive, and really rather old-fashioned, belief in
progress. "Before modern scriptural studies, theologians were unable to appreciate what a gospel is" (p. 158/9). 1900 years of
Christianity without anyone knowing what a gospel is! For it
appears that what the gospels are was forgotten almost as soon as
they were written. Why didn't the evangelists tell anyone, for
God's sake? The mind boggles at the ignorance of our ancestors in
the faith, generation after generation of them. Thank heaven for
being born in the 20th century, the age of water-closets, jet aeroplanes, and the appreciation of what a gospel is!
Hill's article is a review of Peter De Rosa, Jesus Who Became Christ
(London: Collins, 1975).