Defying desCRYPTion

February 25, 2007 15:51 – 15:51

If you go with Dan Brown and some other recent novelists aspiring to be historians, JC had a daughter who ultimately fled to France. Archeological evidence uncovered in 1980, however, seemingly suggests that JC, his mother, his wife, and his son were all buried in a family crypt in Jerusalem. Maybe it’s both! Maybe the son is buried in Israel, but the daughter DID somehow make her way out of the holy land to the unholy land of France. In any event, I guess we can all look at the 90 minute documentary and decide for ourselves. Read more here, which says, among other things:

“The story starts in 1980 in Jerusalem’s Talpiyot neighborhood, with the discovery of a 2,000 year old cave containing ten coffins. Six of the ten coffins were carved with inscriptions reading the names: Jesua son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Matthew, Jofa (Joseph, identified as Jesus’ brother), Judah son of Jesua (Jesus’ son—the filmmakers claim).”

Of course, mainstay Christian churches will call it blasphemy and sacrilege. And, by their own definitions, maybe it is. One of the many benefits of being a UU is not having nasty things like blasphemy and sacrilege stemming from that trusted and well-worn 11th commandment: Thou shalt not think for thyself. Did JC rise from the dead? Unlikely, but it doesn’t matter. Teachings ascribed to JC would lead to a peaceful mode of existence shunned by centuries of his so-called followers. “If you don’t lie and say you believe in JC’s (the Prince of Peace, you might recall) teachings and resurrection, then I’ll burn you at the stake.” Consistency was decidedly not the hobgoblin in residence during that era.

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