Jesus was gay

That’s right, Pastor Sean Harris would have punched baby Jesus – for being gay. Or so says Kenneth Low, author of Dark Knowledge.

Kenneth contacted me on Facebook to let me know about his important book. He said:

“Allow me to introduce myself. I’m a retired physician living in Davis and author of a book, Dark Knowledge. Essentially a logical argument, it leads the reader to a surprising revelation:  Jesus was gay. I’m opening a new avenue in public secular discussion.”

This is the entirety of Kenneth Low’s resume:

Kenneth Low is a retired physician living in Davis California. Dark Knowledge is his first work.

Seems legit, right?

I thought it was a joke at first. Perhaps it was along the lines of Canadian punk band Rhythm Activism’s final album, “Jesus Was Gay”. Then, I read a tiny sample. It seems to focus on Jesus’ early twenties (missing from the canonical Biblical narrative). There is no indication that Kenneth is possibly referencing some apocryphal source. It seems like pure conjecture.  I dug deep and discovered his blog. In an article called “Was Jesus Gay” he plays his hand:

The story is well known. Jesus Christ left home in adolescence and lived in obscurity until returning to Judea roughly at age thirty. He never married. One might wish to protest and suppose this doesn’t imply homosexuality. That would be naive. Of course it means that Jesus Christ was gay. Just as no one chooses his or her sexual orientation, no one escapes his or her sexuality.

This is simply bad logic. “He lived in obscurity, he never married… of course he’s gay!” I have no emotional bias towards this at all, and couldn’t care less about his ‘big point’. However, he failed to make an argument. It feels like he’s skipping over something, leaving out the ‘middle’ of his story.

This is how I know that he probably needs some mental help.

There is a Facebook page for his book ‘Dark Knowledge’ has lots of content. This month he’s posted several times a day. Some of it is mildly interesting content – links to various news stories etc. It’s clear he’s been spending a lot of time updating this thing. However, this facebook page has a total of 2 likes. That means nobody is seeing any of this stuff.

This is kind of like the Russian woman who uploaded 25,000 videos. It took years of her waving her arms and screaming until somebody noticed and posted it on reddit. The rest of her videos typically had between one and four views. For the record, all of them were ‘good’. Like this one.

www.youtube.com/embed/Bk9NuV6hI2E?

After the initial ‘what a weirdo’ smile fades – I’m actually saddened by people like this. They are damaged. His profile indicates that he is a straight man, so I’m not even sure what his motivation is here.

Good luck, Kenneth. Enjoy your retirement. If this is a hobby – keep at it. If you’re serious, you may want to read some of the works from Richard Carrier, or any of the authors that John Loftus runs with. Those are serious biblical scholars, experts, and perhaps most importantly – skeptics.

I suppose if one were to make an argument establishing the Jesus character as homosexual – it could be done. I’ll give it a shot. Let’s say god exists and Christianity is true…If god is Jesus, and god is everywhere – he’s inside of every gay person. Deep inside them. This also seems to make Jesus a lesbian too.

Oh well.

About Justin Griffith
  • James

    Jesus only put the tip in me. And just that one time.

  • http://thinkmindy.wordpress.com Mindy

    Well your argument seems just as inadequate of Kenneth Low’s.

    Although, as I’ve never read the full book (and so it would appear, neither have you), I wouldn’t like to assess his full argument on the basis of the one snippet you’ve provided.

    • Justin Griffith

      @Mindy Why is mine inadequate? If god is omnipresent AND he is also Jesus… it follows that ‘god’ is inside the penis (and anus) of gay men everywhere… remember, ‘god’ is also Jesus.

  • JP Kolcun

    This is really funny; I’m the treasurer for the freethinkers group at my university (we’re an affiliate of the SSA) and I mod our facebook discussion page. Kenneth actually asked to join the group! Now, we’re in Florida, and he lives in California; we’re a student discussion group, and he’s a retired physician; a little odd? He said he heard of us through the SSA…I stand by my decision not to add him to the group.

    Thanks for sharing, Justin

  • http://justdfacsmaam.wordpress.com MarkNS

    First, I don’t it’ll ever be proven that Jesus even existed much less that he was gay.

    Second, so what if he was? Who cares?

    I think the only good thing about this pointless exercise in conjecture is that it’ll rile up the christians. That’s always fun but weirdos like this guy often make skeptical people look stupid.

  • http://disagreeableme.blogspot.co.uk Disagreeable Me

    It’s clear he’s been spending a lot of time updating this thing. However, this facebook page has a total of 2 likes. That means nobody is seeing any of this stuff.

    So what? Nobody reads my blog either, as much as I would like them to. It’s possible that I’m not a good writer, it’s possible that the subject matter just isn’t that interesting, but ultimately it doesn’t matter (although any advice is appreciated).

    I write to get my own thoughts straight, and so that I have something to point others to when I’m trying to make a point I have previously expressed.

    I kind of resent the implication (perhaps unintentional) that only sad losers will bother writing blogs nobody reads.

  • Phillip IV

    I think it’s a matter of how you look at it. If he’s trying to be a historian, he’s a complete failure – his theory doesn’t begin to address the issues of the questionable historicity of Jesus, the questionable reliability of the sources we have and the fact that homosexuality in the Ancient World is something that cannot be approached with our modern gay/straight duality.

    But if he’s trying to be a theologian, he’s as good as the get, his “Jesus was gay” is ultimately just as unsupportable as “Jesus was the son of God” and “Jesus died for your sins”. Since any Christian is entitled to a personal Jesus, why can’t he have a gay one? Chances are, that new church would still be a step up from the old ones.

  • Rob

    I viewed his promotional website and his blog. He is in serious need of a public relations guru, because his promotional writing is horrid. His blog is slightly more coherent, although he never uses any citations to support his claims. A lack of citations does not directly correlate to fallacy, but does lead one to suspect.

    I think some of our atheist friends are stubborn in their “lack of faith.” Just because god does not exist and a man named Jesus was not the divine son of god does not necessarily mean the folk art of the bible is not loosely based on a man did exist. There is plenty of reason to believe the true stories of a man named Jesus were embellished, fabricated, or suppressed as was needed to inflate the myths of a man named Jesus.

    What if a man named Jesus did exist? What if the apostles left out some important details of his life? What if during the canonization of the bible, some writings were conveniently left out? I think it is neat that he brings up the argument (it isn’t the first time I heard the argument before)? It just would have been a better usage of 2 minutes of my life, if he had some actual evidence listed. Reading his blog as stated above sounds like he is purely going on conjecture and that is a horrible way to write a book that hopes to challenge a long-standing argument. Had he written a book stating that Jesus was a myth created in the 3rd century to give new life to the old Judaic writings, it would still be like reading hogwash, because he doesn’t support his arguments.

  • DButton

    Mr. Low approached our student group as well, in person as we are in Sacramento and he is down the road in Davis. Nice guy, but after a quick look in the book a student pointed out that there was not a single footnote or a bibliography. Low brushed off that criticism with “Well, I’m self published, so I just didn’t have time to do that. People can look this stuff up.” (face palm)

    I read the forward and could not believe my eyes. It was badly in need of an editor, all over the place, and worst of all, it actually stated science must accept the existence of god. The book is not written from an atheist or agnostic POV. It reads as if it was written by a true believer. (and he’s going to all the SSA affiliates trying to drum up interest?)

    The entire book is full of “we must suppose” and “we can assume” — and again, not a single footnote. After many longwinded chapters of arcane historical blah blah blah, he get to the end of the second to the last chapter and finally, after hardly ever mentioning the real point of the book, he drops the bomb… therefore Jesus was gay! This is his “dark knowledge.” His “theory” is never mentioned in the forward, book jacket or any of the promotions. It’s a total bait and switch play.

    BTW, we let him into our FB group. We’ll see how that goes.

  • James

    Wow … some of you guys are serioulsy discussing this. I honestly didn’t expect that.

    @ Disagreeable Me (you?): Your blog is way too deep. Put some pictures of naked people in there and links to funny sights, like what’s left of chickenhead and maybe some of the cheezburger stuff. (I don’t blog, but I know what a good blog looks like.) Good luck!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/author/kate/ Kate Donovan

    He’s been spamming a bunch of the SSA groups on facebook too, trying to join them all.

  • timbrooks

    There are other reasons to believe Jesus (if he existed) might have been gay. Mark 14:51 tells the story about Jesus and the naked youth. Then there is the part where Jesus and Judas shared that long passionate kiss……

  • Justin Griffith

    I kind of resent the implication (perhaps unintentional) that only sad losers will bother writing blogs nobody reads.

    No I didn’t mean that at all. Blogs are a glorified journal / diary. Some will never get read, but it’s not because their authors are sad losers. Several factors influence ‘reach’ but most of it really has to do with the ‘crowded market’ effect, ‘right place right time’, and consistency of output.

    To increase your visibility, you’d need your own domain/hosting, learn the very basics of SEO (don’t waste time on the advanced theories etc. Just tag, label, and name your images etc…) Use at least one image in every post – so that people sharing it on facebook/reddit will get a preview thumbnail automatically generated.

    I was referring only to the facebook fan page he made for his book (which is separate from his blog, and separate from his personal facebook account). The sole purpose of that fan page is to update all the fans of his book. It’s much different than a blog in this respect. It’s much closer to starting a twitter account, and tweeting hundreds of times to zero followers.

  • http://disagreeableme.blogspot.co.uk Disagreeable Me

    @Justin Griffith

    I understand what you’re saying and I accept it. I hadn’t picked up that you were referring to a Facebook page which was intended to keep the “community” of his followers informed.

    I’m perhaps a bit too sensitive because I’m acutely aware that I’m shouting into a vacuum with my blog.

    Thanks for the tips! If I ever get serious about trying to get hits I’ll surely follow them. For now I’m going to concentrate on the writing just for my own sake (getting my thoughts straight).

    I enjoy your blog and it deserves all the attention it gets.

  • F

    Disagreeable Me

    Do you send email to essentially random people suggesting that they come have a look at your odd hypothesis or whatever? If not, I’m not sure why you felt included. You shouldn’t feel so.

    Since you mention it, I might even take a peek to see if it anything to which I can relate or understand, if that is your desire, but I wouldn’t touch Facebook with a ten thousand kilometer fork. Too bad the days of ISP-provided personal home pages are gone.

    I hope you can connect with readers in the future.

  • http://disagreeableme.blogspot.co.uk Disagreeable Me

    @F

    Do you send email to essentially random people suggesting that they come have a look at your odd hypothesis or whatever?

    Not quite, but I do have a relatively fringe belief which I am hoping to attract attention to ultimately. I believe that Max Tegmark’s Mathematical Universe Hypothesis is true, and I think I can prove it. One of the aims of the blog is ultimately to demonstrate this. When my thoughts are written up I think I might in fact email a few people to see if I can get any comments or criticism.

    However at the moment I’m concentrating on less controversial though related topics which will support the ultimate argument.

  • Justin Griffith

    It seems that you need to submit to mathematics journals, though I’m definitely a fish out of water on the subject.

  • http://disagreeableme.blogspot.co.uk Disagreeable Me

    It seems that you need to submit to mathematics journals

    It’s more philosophy/cosmology. But it’s already been published by Tegmark. I think what needs doing however is communicating it to the wider community.

    I might some day see if I can write a book.


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