Ross Douthat Again is Full of Common Sense

Here he is on the Latest Real Jesus as sensationally trotted out by the NY Times. Meanwhile, his readers in the comboxes are, unfortunately, NY Times readers, who remind me of this:

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  • his readers in the comboxes are, unfortunately, NY Times readers, who remind me of this

    Phew. No kidding. Diving into those comments was fascinating and instructive.

    • Andy, Bad Person

      I’m stupider for having read those comments. I think I unlearned algebra.

      • Hezekiah Garrett

        Thank you for your wonderful example to those of us struggling with particular problems! This powerful witness is one which must be seen more.

        • Andy, Bad Person

          Excuse me? I don’t understand what you’re saying.

    • My favorite comment is the one criticizing Douthat for foolishly conflating not being married with celibacy.

    • Faramir

      To summarize one comment: “OMG it turns out Peter was married! And it’s been right there in the Bible the whole time!”


  • Blog Goliard

    I happen to be reading Douthat’s Bad Religion at the moment. It’s excellent; and as is evident from this column, his chapter on the search for the “historical Jesus” can provide most all the description and dissection that this episode needs. Because it’s nothing new…and he already nailed it.

  • Hezekiah Garrett


    Is It the syntax or dIctIon whIch Is beyond your ken?

  • Will

    How obvious! If there is no evidence for something, that proves it was suppressed! And the Bible weighs the same as a duck, so it’s made of wood!

  • James H, London

    Agent Intellect has the best collection of the lot. Go to: and search for ‘Christ Myth’

  • astorian

    I made almost this same point on the Get Religion blog, but I’ll repeat it here.

    Invaraibly, secularists dismiss whatever actually appears in Scripture, on the grounds that the Gospels were all written decades after Jesus’ death, and therefore can’t be reliable. Indeed, as Mark can vouch, several of the NYT commenters said this very thing.

    And yet, when a scrap of paper written THREE TO FOUR HUNDRED YEARS after Jesus’ death surfaces, and alludes to Jesus’ wife, they show no such skepticism!