Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Jimmy Christ: I remember taking a course on Christian religion in college, as I was interested in the historical aspects of what the Bible had to say. The plagues of locusts are great fun, don't get me wrong, but I was more interested in the divergence of Christianity from Judiasm, how the Romans influenced our conception of Christianity, and whether there was any mention of Christ in the notoriously dense records of the Roman Empire. Funny how Christ was never mentioned outside of one possible reference to a "Christos". Now, one could imagine that he might have been purged by edict of the Emperor, but it still seems unlikely that more cotemporaneous reacords weren't found to reflect any of the Christ boys, divine or not. In the end, it really shouldn't be important whether Jesus was who the Bible says he was, or did the things he was said to have done. The teachings of Christianity certainly are stout enough to stand out without the back story of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection. But like any author, the authors of the New Testament knew that violence and special effects put people in the seats. Strangely, they did it without the sex part (which may explain why movie directors have been rushing in to fill the void - see Mel Gibson's latest project for a current example - in Aramic, no less!).