Inspirational publishers explore new territory
Finding Jesus in the mediaWere Jesus and Mary Magdalene lovers? Does the Bible Code reveal the date of the end of the world? Does the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy have anything to say about Christianity? Husband-and-wife writing team C. Marvin Pate and Sheryl L. Pate believe Jesus is being Crucified in the Media, and have set out to find the real Jesus amid today's headlines. Using scholarly research techniques, the Pates examine such media-hype fodder as Dan Brown's best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code, the Jesus Seminar's radical approach to color coding the words of Jesus, the apocryphal gospel such as the Gospel of Thomas, the James Ossuary and other headline-grabbing events. Mike Parker writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.