The National Geographic takes on the Gospel

From Bezel333:

“National Geographic sure has a knack of choosing the most liberal, non-supernatural thinking scholars to discuss anything that has to do with the Jesus of the Bible...take a look”

It seems to me, that they do this, during this time of year, for the marketing value. And so many people willingly believe this tripe instead of the physical evidence that surrounds the Gospel story. Not more than 20-25 years after this man Jesus lived, a coherent history was reported. Not more than 3 or 4 months after this man’s supposed death and subsequent resurrection, thousands of Jews who had never seen this particular man, but were at least nominally observant – they did travel from all parts of the world for the Passover – well, those Jews converted and became the backbone of the movement in this man’s name. They were challenged by the their families, their countrymen, and their religious teachers. They were beaten and murdered as they gathered in their homes to pray to this particular man.

Somehow, just somehow, based on empirical evidence, something had to have happened nearly 2000 years ago to drive these men and women to their deaths in the defense of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this particular man of Galilee.  Something had to happen in the days before mass media to spread the gospel like wildfire among not just a few backwater towns in Palestine, but throughout the Empire and around the world in just a few decades.


Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

10 thoughts on “The National Geographic takes on the Gospel

  1. This hurts. I grew up on national Geo. As a kid I read and reread the issues from 1920 on. In the 80’s I had to give it up. They hated American culture but praised pagan tribes that tortured children. Evolution was praised. I had to get away. It was like breaking an addiction.
    I need a mug like that.
    He is Risen Indeed,

  2. I’ve noticed, or should I say started to pay more attention to the below the surface, theologically liberal jabs that flow on what I call “Nerd TV” ie; National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and at time even the History Channel.

    I think it was an episode over the 10 Commandments a few years back where N.T. Wright chimed in. Don’t recall exactly what his take was, just that it sent up a red flag as what he was selling sounded more like Scripture twisting from his imagination.

    Grace and peace be with you.

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