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  • New Book Claims Jesus Survived the Cross

       April 08, 2006

    NBC News' website reports on a new book, The Jesus Papers, by Michael Baigent. In the book, Baigent asserts that:

    With the Bible as his source, Baigent reconstructed the story of the crucifixion and arrived at an entirely new version of events.

    A secret deal with Pontius Pilate
    He says Pontius Pilate, who ordered Jesusís death, actually made a secret deal to save his life.

    Baigent: It was rigged. It was a fraud. I think the crucifixion was set up precisely to remove a particular political problem which both Pilate and Jesus found themselves within.

    Pilate, Baigent argues, he needed to appease the crowd which was calling for Jesusís death. But because Jesus had urged his followers to pay their taxes to Rome, Baigent argues Pilate also had an incentive to let Jesus live.

    Baigent: Itís my hypothesis that he rigged the crucifixion such that Jesus would survive but very quickly removed Jesus from the scene.

    According to Baigent, Jesus and his supporters were also in on this plot. Baigent acknowledges there no proof of his theory, but it was possible to survive crucifixion.

    Throughout the world, Christians are rioting and calling for the swift execution of Baigent. NBC news reporter Sarah James has been forced into hiding. Book stores, including Borders and Barnes & Noble, have pulled the books from their shelves. Several prominent American universities are sponsoring forums so that students understand why this book so deeply offends many Christians.

    Of course nothing in the above paragraph is true. When someone writes a book questioning the fundamental beliefs of Christianity and actually hopes to be called a heretic, nothing happens. There are no riots, death threats or tortured calls for a balance between exercising free speech and not offending the religion of others. In fact, most of the reviewers at Amazon seem more offended that Baigent is ripping off the "Da Vinci Code".

    It's somewhat ironic to me that NBC Dateline can run this story and fail to compare the reaction to this book to the reaction to the Mohammed cartoons. Isn't there a story there about tolerance? I guess not. I guess when Dateline wants to find a story about tolerance, they're content to send some Arab-Americans to a NASCAR event and hope that some fans hassle them.

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    #  April 10th, 2006 11:39 AM      mbrlr
    You don't hang around a lot of Southern Baptists, do you?  
    #  April 10th, 2006 12:42 PM      kris
    so what, the media is just ignoring a bunch of huge Baptist riots going on somewhere?

    of course they aren't, but because, as I pointed out, Christians aren't rioting or publicly threatening to kill people.  



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