Saturday, April 07, 2007

Why is America so attracted to the DaVinci Code?

Wild and Wacky Jesus Claims
From the Associated Press - April 7, 2007
"The Easter season has an odd, new tradition: The period of reflection on the Crucifixion and Resurrection has become a popular time for marketers to roll out works - from the scholarly to the sensational - that challenge Christianity's core beliefs....
New Testament scholars and archeologists say that, the more outlandish the claims, the bigger the sales impact - which increases demand for ideas from the fringe. They are being presented to a public with little knowledge of early Christianity reading unfiltered information on the Internet, experts say....
"Now all you have to do is click on the computer screen," said Jodi Magness, a specialist in early Judaism and archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "That makes it easier for people to read up about things. The public is presented with information that they cannot really evaluate."

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