By Tim Redmond
About 20 years ago, a group of crazed anarchists put out a parody of a major national newspaper with a banner headline that read:
EASTER CANCELLED! CHRIST'S BODY FOUND!
I can't quote the exact language of the story, since that was way back when, but it read just like a standard New York Times report, except that it focused on how several major world religions had been thrown into chaos by the news that Jesus's bady had been found -- something that undermined one of the fundamental tenets of Christianity, the ressurection of Christ.
To a Catholic-school kid like me, it was funny largely because the Roman Catholic Church was, and is, so utterly paranoid about any historical evidence that might cast doubt on any of the scared rules of the church. (Most biblical historians, for example, agree that Jesus never said anything about priests being celebate or women being unable to serve as priests; that comes from medieval popes, who were not always a savory bunch.)
I've already read a few books and articles that get into the Jesus Cave -- the idea that archeologists have found bodies in a cave that may be Jesus, Mary Magdelene and their son (think about it: If Jesus had a son, presumably -- immaculate-conception powers aside -- he had sex, which would means this whole celebate priest thing would be utterly bogus).
But this documentary is getting a fair amount of blog press; my fave is the argument that James Cameron wasn't satisfied with sinking the Titanic; he now wants to sink Christianity
PS: My colleague Cheryl Eddy worries that if Easter is cancelled, she'll have to stock up quicly on Peeps.