More From Francis Watson on “Jesus’s Wife” Fragment

Mark Goodacre has a supplemental report from Francis Watson of Durham University, who provided the initial report suggesting the fragment is a modern forgery. This one is called “Addendum: The End of the Line?” It’s interesting to see how the internet is shaping this story. In his first paragraph, Professor Watson mentions a comment by renowned Biblical scholar Richard [Read More...]

The Gnostic Noise Machine and the “Wife” of Jesus UPDATED

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I was going to let the whole “Jesus had a wife” thing pass by in silence, since the discovery of a minor fragmentary unprovenanced 4th century papyrus of a probable Gnostic text is about as relevant to actual Christianity as an episode of Scooby Doo. If it turns out to be authentic (big if) it [Read More...]

St. Thomas on “The Fitness of the Incarnation”

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One part of earning a masters in theology is digesting and summarizing largish chunks of St. Thomas Aquinas. The goal is not to just pluck a few key lines and call it a day, but to absorb each block of the Summa and restate it in your own words, proving (you hope) your understanding of [Read More...]

Borja Fresco Now a Tourist Attraction

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Behold, the power of the internet to create a meme and make it huge. An elderly woman’s botched attempt at restoring a fresco by Elías García Martínez  has turned from a weird internet curio into real-world hit. The ruined picture, depicting Jesus crowned with thorns, has spread like wildfire across the web, but it’s also caused a [Read More...]

Living in the Shadow of the Tower (Bumped 12/14/12)

UPDATED 12/14/12: In the wake of Newtown, I’m bumping this post I wrote around the time of Aurora, and, no doubt, I will have to bump it again some day. (Please note: atheist comments will be flushed. I am not in the mood for you people today.) *** There is little that can, or indeed [Read More...]

Generation and Spiration: The Processions of the Trinity

The Trinity: Coronation of the Virgin, altar of the Charterhouse of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

Yesterday’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is the celebration of a mystery: that three persons are somehow in one God. It took time for Church to fully understand the triune nature of God, drawing out the trinitarian references from scripture and trying to construct a deeper philosophical and theological context for understanding them. [Since this [Read More...]

“God is dead, and we have killed him”

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb by Holbein (Click to enlarge)

  “Descended into hell”—perhaps no other article of the Creed is as alien to our contemporary mode of thought as this one. And yet, does not this article, which, in the course of the Church year, is liturgically ordered to Holy Saturday and which is especially significant for us today, express in an eminent degree [Read More...]

Saturday Song — “Dark Was the Night”

Blind Willie Johnson’s wordless meditation on the death of the savior is based on loosely on a few lines from old spiritual “Gethsemane”: “Dark was the night, cold was the ground/on which my Lord was laid.” Its melancholy tone is well-suited for this day between death and resurrection. [Read more...]


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