I Think We Have Our Next Oscar Winner!

James Cameron is the latest Hollywood liberal to try to attack Christianity. In this case, Cameron is pushing a laughable “Geraldo will be opening Al Capone’s vault” style “documentary” about the “Lost Tomb of Jesus,” AKA some random tomb Cameron found:

‘The Lost Tomb of Christ’, a documentary set to air on Channel Four next month, argues that ten ancient ossuaries, small caskets used to store bones, which were found when bulldozers flattened a Jerusalem suburb in 1980, may have contained the remains of Jesus and his wife and child.

One of the caskets even bears the title, ‘Judah, son of Jesus,’ which Cameron claims as evidence that Jesus may have had a son. Another coffin was said to hold the bones of Mary Magdalene, also known as ‘Mariamne’.

Cameron unveiled two of the small limestone caskets at a press conference in New York, but the director could offer little proof to support his claims, other than the mathematical probability of a tomb containing a set of ossuaries with names linked to Jesus.

Of the ten ossuaries found, six were inscribed with the names of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Mary Magdalene, as well as Judah, Son of Jesus, and a Matthew, of which there were many in Mary’s family, according to Luke 3:23.

Critics said all the names were commonplace in Biblical times.

Apparently surprised at the hostility over his ‘discovery’, the director who famously claimed to be ‘the king of the world’ when he won an Oscar for Titanic, insisted it was not a publicity stunt and said his critics should wait and see the film.

“I’m not a theologist. I’m not an archaeologist. I’m a documentary filmmaker,” he said.

…Amos Kloner, the first archaeologist to examine the site, said the idea fails to hold up by archaeological standards but makes for profitable television.

“They just want to get money for it,” Kloner said. “It was an ordinary middle-class Jerusalem burial cave,” he added. “The names on the caskets are the most common names found among Jews at the time.”

…Stephen Pfann, a biblical scholar at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem who was interviewed in the documentary, said the film’s hypothesis holds little weight.

…”How possible is it?” he added. “On a scale of one through ten, with ten being completely possible, it’s probably a one, maybe a one and a half.”

Pfann is even unsure that the name Jesus on the caskets was read correctly. He thinks it is more likely the name Hanun. Ancient Semitic script is notoriously difficult to decipher.”

Jesus, Hanun, whatever — right? After all, Cameron isn’t a theologist, he isn’t an archaeologist, he’s “a documentary filmmaker.” You’ve got to love the Michael Moore/Al Gore inspired idea that you don’t have to be familiar with the topic to do a credible documentary about it. In other words, accuracy isn’t important as long as you’re politically correct and get a lot of publicity. And what could be more politically correct in a liberal Mecca like Hollywood than attacking Christianity? Now if he can just find a way to tie this casket to global warming, attacking Bush, or gay and lesbian issues, he’ll have to build a new shelf in his house for all the awards he’ll win next year.

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