What Does the ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ Papyrus Tell Us?

When Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King announced in 2012 that a 2nd century fragment of papyrus containing the words “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” had been found, speculation was rampant. Was Jesus really married? Would that change Catholic doctrine preventing priests from marrying? Who officiated that wedding? You get the idea. (The papyrus also supposedly quoted Jesus as saying “she will be able to be my disciple.”)

At the time, King and her colleagues were quick to point out we didn’t actually know anything:

“This fragment, this new piece of papyrus evidence, does not prove that (Jesus) was married, nor does it prove that he was not married. The earliest reliable historical tradition is completely silent on that. So we’re in the same position we were before it was found. We don’t know if he was married or not,” King said in a conference call with reporters.

Yesterday, news broke that the “ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery.”

What does that mean?

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Ohio Mayor Puts Large Crosses Back Up on City Building Because, He Says, “I’m Allowed To” During the Month of Easter

Late last year, months after received a warning from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the mayor of Stratton, Ohio, John Abdalla, reluctantly took down the crosses that had adorned the Stratton Village Municipal Building for more than 20 years:



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Louisiana Legislator: We Shouldn’t Adopt King James Bible As State Book Because It’s Not Inclusive of All Christians

We learned a couple of weeks ago that Louisiana Republican State Rep. Thomas Carmody wants to turn a copy of the King James Bible into the official state book:

Yesterday afternoon, the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8-5 in favor of sending the bill to the full House — but many of the committee members had a problem with the legislation.

About damn time, right? Surely someone there would be a voice of reason, explaining how the KJV, a Bible that not even all Christians use, shouldn’t be the official book for a diverse state!

And that voice of reason was Rep. Stephen Ortego:

“Let’s make this more inclusive of other Christian faiths, more than just the ones that use the King James version.”



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Evangelical Christians are Fighting a Losing Battle Against Civil Rights for LGBT People

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses how evangelical Christians are fighting a losing battle against civil rights for LGBT people:

You can read more about this here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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God, Too, is Subject to Forces of Evolution

The Onion just confirmed it:



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