Monday, February 26, 2007

Did They Discover the Bones of Jesus?

by Steve Ray on February 26, 2007

For an excellent and forthright overview and critique, click here for the Catholic News Service report.

First Question: "What do you make of the assertion that Jesus and his family were buried there?" 

Answer: "It makes a great story for a TV film. But it's completely impossible. It's nonsense. There is no likelihood that Jesus and his relatives had a family tomb. They were a Galilee family with no ties in Jerusalem. The Talpiot tomb belonged to a middle class family from the 1st century CE. . . ." 

For the whole interview in the Jerusalem Post, click here. For the main article, click here.

"Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me." (1 Corinthians 15:1-10, RSVCE)

"Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."" (John 20:26-29, RSVCE)

“Titanic” director James Cameron and TV-director Simcha Jacobovici are claiming they have evidence of a Jerusalem tomb that allegedly houses the remains of Jesus and his family. Commenting on this is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

“Not a Lenten season goes by without some author or TV program seeking to cast doubt on the divinity of Jesus and/or the Resurrection. Last April, NBC’s ‘Dateline’ featured the wholly discredited and downright laughable claims of Michael Baigent, and two years ago ABC treated us to a special that questioned every aspect of the Resurrection. Now we have the Cameron-Jacobovici thesis.

“Israeli archeologist Amos Kloner was in charge of the 1980 investigation of the tomb that Cameron-Jacobovici have seized on 27 years later to make their allegations. ‘The claim that the burial site has been found is not based on any proof, and is only an attempt to sell,’ Kloner says. He adds,  ‘I refute all claims and efforts to waken a renewed interest in the findings. With all due respect, they are not archeologists.’ Indeed, Kloner has branded their claims ‘impossible’ and ‘nonsense.’ Moreover, he says there is ‘no likelihood’ that Jesus and his relatives had a family tomb. ‘It makes a great story for a TV film,’ he concludes.

“Joe Zias, who spent a quarter-century as an archeologist at the Rockefeller University in Jerusalem, said that ‘Simcha has no credibility whatsoever.’ Zias isn’t shooting from the hip: Jacobovici’s credibility explodes when one considers that he still believes the 2002 tale about an ossuary with the inscription, ‘James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.’ On June 18, 2003, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) condemned this claim as a modern forgery—this was the unanimous decision of a 15-member IAA committee. Agreeing with this decision were Harvard’s Frank Cross and Tel Aviv University professor Edward Greenstein.

“The Discovery Channel aired the 2002 hoax and now it’s back with the Titanic fraud. It’s time the Discovery Channel discovered ethics and stopped with the sensationalism.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey, Director of Communications, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, New York, NY 10123, 212-371-3191, 212-371-3394 (fax)

The Forum: The Discovery Channel's shameless assault on faith

by Phil Lawler
special to

Feb. 27, 2007 ( – The nonsense is starting early this year. For the rest, click here.


Was Abraham Saved by Faith Alone?

by Steve Ray on February 26, 2007

Was Abraham Saved by Faith Alone?
Or, was Abraham our Father of Faith and Works?
by Steve Ray



My Evangelical friend — you say: “Of course Abraham was saved by faith alone! Doesn’t the Bible make that perfectly clear, especially in Paul’s letters?  And didn’t Luther’s German translation inform the masses that the words “faith” and “alone” belonged together like bread and butter?  Abraham was saved by faith alone!” 

Well, maybe he was and maybe he wasn’t, but the Bible certainly throws some question on your well-known Protestant cliché.  Let’s find out how and when Abraham was really “saved.”                 –For the full article, click here.  

–On Judgment Day will we be judged by our works or on Faith Alone? Click here.
–Are Catholics Born Again? You Betcha! Click here and here.
–For more such articles, click here.

For Steve's audio talk Abraham: the Man with Crazy Faith, click here. For his talk Born Again? Faith Alone? click here.