I admit, for a moment or two I suspected that Roland Boer might have created NT Wrong, Chris Tilling, and Tom Verenna merely with the aim of then proving none of them existed. But such an investigation, I soon realized, could only distract me from the important clue which has very recently been removed from NT Wrong’s blog (presumably at the same time at which he changed the photo to allow us a better glimpse of his chin).
What led NT Wrong to state that the resurrected saints mentioned in Matthew 27:52-53 currently live in Barnsley, South Yorkshire? I went to England, to Barnsley, and made inquiries at the local council. A look of terror briefly came over their faces, but they quickly stifled it and denied any knowledge of what I was talking about.
I kept digging – literally as well as metaphorically. Beneath a local church, I found a secret document written in English, but in Mandaic script. It told a fascinating tale of saints, raised to immortality in Jerusalem, who then travelled northward. Their aim was to reach the highlands of Scotland, and there to do battle with one another to the death, with the last remaining immortal getting to sell the rights to their story to Hollywood.
Visiting a local family history center, I looked for any record of newcomers to Barnsley around the year 30 CE, when the resurrected saints would have passed that way. I found a mention of two, with Hebrew-sounding names, who settled in the area around that time. It seems that two of these resurrected, immortal saints settled in Barnsley when the rest continued their journey north. Those same names appeared again and again in the records, eventually acquiring a surname that recalled the fateful moment of their resurrection.
Two names, but no evidence that they had children – until the second half of the 20th century. The names I painstakingly traced through the historical record finally appeared in a parish record. This couple of immortal saints had given birth to a son.
The name in the parish record: James Crossley.