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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Catholarchaeology, Inc.

My latest post at The American Catholic, in which I ruminate on how you can tell it's Lent or Advent without the benefit of a calendar, just by measuring the frequency of stories and documentaries put out there to discredit Christianity and its claims.

Here's the opening few paragraphs...

One way of knowing that a major Christian holy day is soon approaching is by the increased frequency of news reports and History/Discovery channel shows highlighting “incredible!” archaeological finds pertaining to Christianity. Sure, you can always use a calendar, but just in case yours breaks or gets misplaced, the secular press is right there with reliable quackery to help. They pretend Christianity is non-existent for summer, fall and the second half of winter – but come Advent and Lent, stories that either seek to disprove its claims, or misrepresent them – and sometimes both – are published and broadcast. It’s the modus operandi of the industry known as Catholarchaeology, Inc.

Back in March, it was the discovery of the “Jerusalem codices” – which ironically were discovered five years ago, and are just now being talked about. And challenged as to their authenticity, as well. Big surprise.

Now there’s this story: Did Journalist Simcha Jacobovici Find THE Nails to Crucify Jesus?

JERUSALEM — Controversial journalist Simcha Jacobovici says he may have found the nails that were used to crucify Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.

He chronicled his Indiana Jones-type search in a new documentary called “The Nails of the Cross,” which was screened today at a news conference in Jerusalem and will be broadcast in the U.S., Canada and Israel in the coming weeks.

Jacobovici presented two first-century Roman nails that were bent “in a way that is consistent with crucifixion.” He contends that these are the same nails found in the burial tomb of Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest who is associated in the Gospels with the crucifixion of Jesus, although he found them at a lab in Tel Aviv University.

I’m not going to post the entire article – feel free to read it – but there’s one fact that bears repeating: Jacobivici is the same guy who colloborated with James Cameron on the culturally and theologically-challenged “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”. Remember that? It aired on Discovery in March 2007…hey! Whaddya know! Lent!