Welp. Looks like it’s time for me to pack it in on the whole “Catholic” thing. Why would somebody go to the trouble of writing a headline in all caps on the internet if it weren’t true?

Plus, just look at the leathery old gnarly-lookin’ book!

Only a fool would argue with a picture like that. It’s as obviously authentic as that cool ancient tome in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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  • Joseph

    Ugh… they couldn’t wait until Easter? Same problem with the department stores preparing for Christmas in October. Soon, the History Channel/Discovery Channel will start airing their DaVinci code lineup a week after Easter in preparation for the Easter season the following year just to get a jump on all of the other propagandists. The good thing about it is their message will eventually become diluted as they flood the market with their constantly debunked material. The dull masses that once latched onto this silly stuff will grow tired of it because it won’t have the glossy sheen of novelty.

  • TheRealAaron

    I realize this is a version of the same story we see reported every time there’s a major Christian holiday, but this is an especially shoddy one. The article claims that: 1) The Catholic Church knew about this text when it was compiling the canon of Scripture and had no problem rejecting it AND 2) now that an particularly ratty looking copy has been discovered THE CHURCH IS SHAKEN TO ITS VERY FOUNDATION. Usually these articles at least try to present their musty old Gnostic text as something new.

  • bob

    The only thing this *really* means is that Diane Sawyer will soon report on it. With all the veracity and gullibility of her “research” on “Pope Joan” a few years back. Can’t wait!

  • HornOrSilk

    Stuff like this is always amusing, except of course, when many take it seriously. Nonetheless, to show how silly it is, someone should do a post like this:

    Obama, by pure accident, reveals all of history we thought we knew of the US was wrong; the US is 20000 years old!

    Time for Conspiracy Theorists to explain this one to me!


  • jroberts548

    The truly alarming thing is that the church’s critics can’t tell the difference between a catholic holiday and an American one. This sort of nonsense is an Easter and Christmas tradition! Releasing this on thanksgiving is like playing Christmas songs in October.

    Eta: I somehow missed that Joseph made the same joke.

    • HornOrSilk

      Well, the original story of this came out several months ago, in February. And the source, from what I can tell, was a Muslim source, in Turkey, making things up for their own apologetics.

      • Alma Peregrina

        I read somewhere that muslims believe that Jesus wasn’t really crucified, but God put someone else in the cross (Judas, I believe). Do you know if that is reliable information?

        • sez

          Wait… You’re asking for “reliable information” about what muslims believe??

          • Alma Peregrina

            Yes. I don’t like strawmen. Nor prejudices.

        • HornOrSilk

          Some Muslims believe it, and it is more the norm for modern Islam, but it is not the only view within the Islamic tradition. Quite a few Muslims believed he died and was resurrected, especially early on — despite what the Koran appears to say. A good Christian site on this: http://christianthinktank.com/qdeath1.html

          • Alma Peregrina

            I should’ve suspected that a Religion of the Book, with no central authority, wouldn’t have had a sole answer to that question, but multiple ones according to the interpretation.

            But now I know that the Substitution Hypothesis is held by a majority of today’s muslims. So the information was reliable and I can use it without mischaracterizing my muslim brethren.

            Also, regarding the Original Post, my suspicions about this “Bible” found in Turkey were greatly increased.

            Thank you for your imput.

            • HornOrSilk

              YW. Yes the majority hold it today (though I’ve known some who don’t). And yes, it really is a mess for Islam when one looks to the diversity of theological opinion in history.

        • neveraname

          This is EXACTLY what 99% of Muslims believe. And since they give its “value” in Turkish currency, then yeah, we know who the intended audience is.
          I’m pretty tired of seeing this kind of phoneyed-up ‘scientific’ junk. As others point out, we have truth and the holders of untruth are always going to be trying to kill it. For over 2000 years they’ve tried.

  • sez

    Google only turns up fringe sites… except for HuffPo, ChristianPost, and VaticanInsider articles from Feb 2012. Seeing as it never caught on from that time, I think we can go have another piece of pumpkin pie to express our thanks.

  • Bro AJK

    Paper clip? That ruins the authenticity for me.

  • PalaceGuard

    Simcha J. must be weeping with frustration in that he didn’t find this first.