Skip to comments.Sinking Credibility: The media and the bones of Jesus
Posted on 03/02/2007 1:18:35 PM PST by presidio9
Director James Camerons follow-up to his Oscar-winning Titanic was a documentary about the wreckage of the doomed ship. The film contained so many shots of Cameron in a deep-sea submersible that one critic named him Captain Nemo.
Well, Captain Nemo has surfaced again.
In an upcoming Discovery Channel special, Cameron claims to have found an ossuary containing the bones of Jesus. How does he know? Through a combination of Sesame Street and The DaVinci Code.
The ossuary is inscribed Joshua, son of Josephnames that are not exactly rare among first-century Jewish males. So Cameron also points out the nearby ossuaries bearing names of people associated with Jesusmost importantly, Mary, as in Magdalene.
Actually, it doesnt say Mary but Mariamne, whichaccording to some peoplewas what other people called the Magdalene. This is good enough for Cameron, who considers it natural that Jesus would be buried alongside his so-called wife.
See what I mean about The DaVinci Code? If do, you are not alone. Archaeologist Amos Kloner, who did extensive work and research on this very tomb and its ossuaries ten years ago, said its a beautiful story but without any proof whatsoever . . . Lawrence Steigler of Harvard told National Public Radio that Camerons claim sounds rather preposterous.
When even Harvard and NPR call your bit of revisionism preposterous, you know that you are way out on a limb. Then again, Cameron is far from the first person to dash his credibility to pieces against the stone that was rolled away that first Easter.
Like others, his ultimate explanation for what happened that Sunday morning is a cover-up. Like others, he has no explanation for why the Apostles would be willing to die for what they presumably knew to be a lie. I know a thing or two about cover-ups and conspiracies: No conspirator willingly dies for what he knows to be untrueor, in the case of Watergate, even go to jail. The closest men around the president of the United States testified against him to save their own skins. Youre going to tell me the Apostles maintained their story at the cost of their lives? Impossible.
Whats worse than Camerons preposterous claims is the credulous reaction of the media.
At the website Get Religion (which analyzes the medias coverage of religion), Daniel Pulliam put it this way: Many news organizations [are] reporting [Camerons] words as gospel truth. Hes right. A headline in the New York Timess blog read Raising the Titanic, Sinking Christianity? Time followed, proclaiming that this time, the ship [Camerons] sinking is Christianity.
While Newsweek magazine did manage to quote Camerons critics, as Pulliam pointed out, their words [were treated] as equal to that of the moviemakerwho, by the way, admits hes not a theologist or an archaeologist, just a filmmaker.
Pulliam is right when he says that at this point the coverage of this story is an embarrassment to reporters. And they wonder why they are held in low esteem among believers?
Stories like this and the fuss over the Gospel of Judas are slickly packaged revisionism. After the revisionism has been shredded, the only thing sinking beneath the waves is the medias credibility.
I'm confused. Do you mean covenant?
Yeah.... sorry, my spelling is not up to par.
not a problem.
The Hitler diaries were obviously real as Adolph Hitler's name was right on them. I'm waiting for Cameron to produce Jesus' high school graduation picture or the table check for the last supper.
I've got a piece of the One True Cross propping up my One True Coffee Table.
Proof that Mel Brooks was the busboy at the Last Supper.
| Ummm, Miss Hamilton,
would you mind dealing with your
There has been a constant stream of this stuff for quite some time. It is an attempt to steer people from the truth.
A man sat reading his Bible and smiling. Another man asked him why he was smiling. He replied, " I've just read about God parting the Red Sea for His children to cross over.
The other man said, "surely you don't believe that - they crossed the Reed Sea and it is only a few inches deep"
"Oh I see", said the first man.
A few minutes later the 2nd man saw the first man smiling again and asked him why. He replied, "I'm smiling because our father drowned Phraroah and his army in a few inches of water".
and I've got Elvis' in a pasta jar in my fridge....does that count for anything....obviously, he's not left the building.....
[...Cameron is far from the first person to
dash his credibility to pieces against the
stone that was rolled away that first Easter...]
Must be repeated, often.
I agree and to shake peoples faith, but, we need to be strong and trust God's word.
I don't pretend to be able to read either ancient Hebrew or Greek (or modern for that matter) but doesn't the RED/REED thing only work in English?
Just how "convenient" would a Nazarene have to be?