Re: [orthodox-synod] The Easter 'Hit' Parade
- Dear in Christ Stephen,
Christ is Risen.
While I agree that there is probably some evil intent behind some of the programming I think this article is a bit overexagerated and might fall into a "look at us poor attacked and victimized Christians" type mindset. Truth be told these stations and magazines put things out to do with Christ and Christianity at this time of the year for the same reason they put things out to do with the history of America around the fourth of July or things about slavery during "black history month". As for the content of these shows and articles, do you really expect secular owned media to support or vindicate any sort of religion?
I don't mean to sound overly harsh but those people who believe that The History Channel and Time Magazine are where to go for the truth might deserve what they get. May God help them (and us).
Stephen/Î£ÏÎÏÎ±Î½Î¿Ï <sbuatl@...> wrote:
Written by a Protestant, but, oh how true! . . .
The Easter 'Hit' Parade
by Brian Fitzpatrick
Christians and Jews are accustomed to cultural elites trying to
undermine their religious faith during Lent, Passover and Easter -- but
it's never been as bad as this year.
Beginning on February 26, the news and entertainment media have fired a
stunning barrage of criticism at religious beliefs, religious practice
and religious symbols. Nothing is too sacred to attack this year, not
even the most crucial teachings of Judaism and Christianity.
On Easter Sunday, the History Channel will question whether the Bible is
God's genuine revelation to mankind.
The current -- Holy Week -- issue of Newsweek teases readers with the
headline "Is God Real?" and features a debate between a prominent
evangelical pastor and an outspoken atheist. National Public Radio also
carried an atheist/Christian debate.
An April 3 New York Times article dismisses the story of Moses parting
the Red Sea as a "myth."
Newsweek's March 19 cover story, "The Evolution Revolution," showcases
the latest evolutionary theories attempting to explain the development
of humanity without God. A March 4 New York Times Magazine piece,
"Darwin's God," describes religious belief as "an outgrowth of brain
architecture that evolved during early human history."
The arts world has mocked Jesus with a life-sized, nude, anatomically
correct sculpture made of chocolate, reducing Him to the level of the
On March 4, the Discovery Channel took the prize. Discovery aired a
documentary, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," that claims to have disproved the
foundational belief of Christianity: that Jesus rose from the dead.
This year's Easter "Hit" Parade began just five days after the beginning
of Lent, at a February 26 press conference. Hollywood uber-director
James Cameron and Emmy Award-winning director Simcha Jacobovici
announced to the world that they have found Jesus' remains, thereby
knocking the central pillar out from under the Christian edifice.
As the apostle Paul wrote, "If Christ is not risen, your faith is
futile; you are still in your sins!" (1 Corinthians 15:17). Cameron's
and Jacobovici's conclusions were quickly shredded by a phalanx of
Jewish, Christian and secular scholars, but the media's Easter "Hit"
Parade marched on.
The Washington Post chose to question the Resurrection in a March 31
story, "A Debate for the Millennia: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?" The
story, by Daniel Burke of Religion News Service, quotes expert witnesses
on both sides of the debate, but fairness and balance isn''t the issue.
The real issue is why the Post decided to raise this particular subject
just before the beginning of Holy Week.
Also on March 31, a New York Times story suggested that a "secret"
gospel of Mark may describe "Jesus initiating his disciples" with a
"homosexual rite." The text, which may be a hoax, was supposedly found
The discoverer or hoaxer, Columbia historian Morton Smith, wrote a book
about it in 1973, and three other authors wrote books about Smith''s
work in 2005. Reporter Peter Steinfels never explains why the story
suddenly became newsworthy on the eve of Holy Week, 2007.
On April 4, author Susan Jacoby posted a column on the
Newsweek/Washington Post Web site, asserting "You either believe that
Jesus rose from the dead, or you don't. The proposition is not subject
to any kind of natural proof."
However, the resurrection is subject to historical evidence, such as the
eyewitness accounts recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Belief in
the resurrection is not based on blind faith, as Jacoby suggests.
The news and entertainment media routinely take shots at religious faith
every Easter season. Honest questioning of all beliefs, sacred or
secular, is commendable. How else are we to know whether our beliefs are
However, the media largely ignore religious doctrine most of the year.
The challenges usually come during the holiest seasons, and the timing
of these often scurrilous attacks on faith displays a profound hostility
toward both God and the faithful.
Expect the Easter "Hit" Parade to continue.
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