Jesus of Nazareth (7–2 BC/BCE — 26–36 AD/CE), also known as Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity and is revered by most Christian churches as the Son of God and the incarnation of God. Islam considers Jesus a prophet, and he is an important figure in several other religions.
In his interviews, writings, and songs, Peter Doherty has often depicted Carl Barat as a 'modern-day' Jesus. Though this portrait has yet to be fully explained, it may be linked with Doherty sharing his name with one of the Twelve Apostles. According to Biblical accounts, the fisherman Peter was chosen by Jesus from his first disciples.
References to Barat and Jesus include the following:
- In a post dated June 16, 2002 on The Libertines' forum entitled "Queens of Noize -v- The LIbertines", Doherty wrote : ready to go now... carlos blinded by hair on his all white bed spreadeagle like a born again lustful jesus.
- In a Christmas 2002 interview with the NME, when asked the question "If Jesus walked among us now, who would he be?" Doherty responded, "Carlos Barât."
- In Kids in the Riot, Doherty described the blossoming of his friendship with Barat in 1998: "I needed saving, I was in a bad way. Carl came and saved me, he took me under his wings really, turned my life over." (p.9)
- In "You're My Waterloo," lyrics include the passage, "You're my Waterloo / And I'll be your Calvary."
- Of "New Love Grows on Trees," Peter told the NME (March 18, 2009): "I wrote this about Jesus. The cross is the tree. Three of them died that day. Jesus and two murderers. Maybe I'm getting my films mixed up."