Friday, April 10, 2015

Jesus Christ the family man? Why the church won’t buy it

By Jonathon Jones
An artifact believed to have once contained the bones of Jesus’ brother James on display in Toronto, Canada. Photograph: Drew Cunningham/Getty Images
If only the great arguments between religion and doubt could be settled by scientific evidence. A story this week has it that solid evidence has emerged about the historical Jesus: the “tomb of Jesus” reportedly contains proof that Jesus was married, had a son – and was never resurrected. So that’s settled then. Religion sees only the evidence it wishes to see. This is very apparent in western art. Christian paintings are full of supposed evidence for the divinity of Christ. His real face is purportedly recorded in paintings that faithfully copy his uncannily preserved image. [link]