Thursday, March 01, 2007

hooray for conspiracies

So - yet another group of people have come forward with "compelling" evidence that Jesus's body never left earth, and that he married Mary Magdalene and fathered a child. You can catch up on the goss at this site. A documentary called The Lost Tomb of Jesus will be directed by Simcha Jacobovici and produced by James Cameron, no less - must be true, right? As the Discovery Channel president said, "The evidence is compelling. The consequences are enormous." DNA samples have even been taken from the corpses - well, naturally. Won't that be useful.

I always find it amusing how people pick their words. In these sort of situations, you always seem to hear words like "compelling". From now on I am avoiding that word because it seems that whenever it is used, it is being used to try and manipulate you into believing something that has no reasonable basis. Likewise, as I commented early last year on my blog after being subjected to the critique of a weirdo with stupid hair, people seem to use the words "conservative", "reactionary", "puritannical" or "moralising" whenever they don't agree with what you say. Or, it goes the other way round and people start talking about "political correctness gone mad". It's silly really, that single words like this, without any real meaning, can actually affect the way people think about something, but as soon as someone mentions the word "compelling" in something, a little trigger seems to go off in our brains (or, at least, mine) that indicates it must have scholarly, unbiased backing or something. They are basically trigger-words for invalidating other positions, so that no one can attack your own.

Well, at any rate, this whole we-have-found-Jesus'-tomb seems to me to be as probable as successfully proving that Adam and Eve were monkeys.

For your viewing pleasure, I have included a recent photo of my little niece Ruby that my sister sent to my phone. She is soooo cuuuuuuuuuute! (I am a clucky aunt.)

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