Tag Archives: The Daily Show

THE NEED FOR SHREWD SKEPTICISM

You have surely heard by now. “Jesus may have been married.” At least, the media has come to this “scholarly” conclusion based upon a papyrus fragment written in Coptic that surfaced last week at a conference on Coptic texts.

Karen King, Harvard Divinity School Professor, presented the fragment to the conference that is held in Rome every four years. She gained access to the artifact in 2011 when an anonymous dealer brought it to her for translation and analysis. It was authenticated at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University according to its director, Roger Bagnall. Other scholars are awaiting more testing to rule out a possible fraud. Continue reading

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A LESSON FROM IMPROV

Colbert kept the Northwestern audience laughing for 15 minutes of the 20-minute speech before turning to “some advice” for the graduating seniors. First, he explains how dreams can change. Life has its own path for us that sometimes ignores our dreams. “So whatever your dream is right now, if you don’t achieve it, you haven’t failed, and you’re not some loser. But just as importantly … if you do get your dream, you are not a winner.” He then provided a lesson from improv comedy that Jesus might have used had he been living in the 21st century. Continue reading

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