February 26, 2007
It would seem that some, including James Cameron, believe that the bones of Jesus Christ and his family were discovered in 1980 in a suburb of Jerusalem.† I havenít yet seen the documentary purporting this theory which is scheduled to air this coming weekend, but the frenzy surrounding the suggestion is in full swing.† Of course a lot of people are calling it bunk, which it very well may be.†
A biblical scholar named Stephen Pfann from the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem was interviewed for the documentary and said "I don't think that Christians are going to buy into this, but skeptics, in general, would like to see something that pokes holes into the story that so many people hold dear."† What I find interesting about this statement is that he apparently believes that this somehow would poke holes in the story of Jesus.†
There is always this struggle between literal and metaphoric interpretations of the Bible.† A pervasive irony that I see is that so many people cling to what they think of as a literal understanding of the Bible, or a literal understanding of anything for that matter.† But even that seemingly literal understanding is itself metaphorical.† To purposefully deny this aspect of the nature of knowledge is to divorce oneself from the potential of understanding.†
If your faith hinges on Jesus leaving no physical trace after his resurrection I would contend that it is not the skeptics who are punching holes in your beliefs, but rather that your beliefs where already holey to begin with.