If we're approaching Easter you can be sure a major publication will carry a story written by a skeptic. This year it's Newsweek with a story by Lisa Miller questioning the credibility of Jesus' resurrection.
"This rising—the Resurrection—remains at the center of the Christian
faith, the narrative climax of every creed. Jesus died and rose again so
that all his followers could, eventually, do the same. This story has
strained the credulity of even the most devoted believer. For, truly,
Miller also gives us the results of polling data on the subject.
"Despite the insistence of the most conservative branches of all three
Western religions on resurrection as an incontrovertible fact, most of
us are circumspect. The number of Americans who say they believe in the
resurrection of Jesus Christ has dropped 10 points since 2003 to 70
percent, according to the most recent Harris poll; only 26 percent of
Americans think that they'll have bodies in heaven, according to a 1997 Time/CNN
Oh boy, polls. Get that first line?
Seems Miller and "most of us" are not so gullible while the 'most conservative branches of western religions swallow anything.
We do swallow this. Every week during the sacrament of Holy Communion, the body and blood of the resurrected Jesus, together with the angels and archangels and all the company of heaven. Without the resurrection there would be no Easter.
Especially at Easter I find this story offensive not only because it denigrates my faith at the most holy time of the year, but it uses current political terms to pit us one against the other. Another reason why so many have turned away from the mainstream media.
Updated: The school board will be holding a special meeting Thursday April first at 2:30 for the purpose of "taking action on items of personnel." This action will be discussed in a closed session which will follow a public forum. Meeting at 2:30 in the afternoon does not make it easy for the public to attend.
The Belleville paper has a story headline which reads, "I hate this job", quoting the president of the Belleville school board after 50 cuts in personnel were made.
The emotion reminded me of the huge outpouring of shock and opposition to the possibility that the Latin program may be cut at Collinsville high school. A Facebook page was created when the news broke that the premiere, and largest, Latin program in the state of Illinois may be facing elimination due to budget issues.
Our first reaction was the same as the hundreds of Collinsville students who studied Latin over the years: "This can't be true, not Latin." Latin at Collinsville is an academic jewel, renowned throughout Illinois, taken by so many students each year that it is possible to claim that not only is Latin not a dead language, but one which makes classical knowledge come alive.
I hope, I hope, the end of Latin is just a rumor, for the sake of current and future students and for the academic reputation of Collinsville High School.
It is our plea that the board remember one of their responsibilities is to guard and protect the most basic of purposes: quality academic education. Latin at CHS is quality.
The best line of the weekend came from Haley Barbour, governor of Mississippi. Talking to ABC News' Jake Tapper, Barbour said this about the media's reaction to Obama after the health care bill passed:
"We've been seeing the longest wet kiss in political history."
The kiss will continue next Thursday as Obama will do a court-side "one on one" interview with CBS' Harry Smith and then play a little "one on one" basketball on the White House court with CBS basketball analyst, Clark Kellogg. This will be a lead in to the coming weekend's Final Four.
Baylor women. The Baylor men's BB team are not the only ones winning tournament games, the Lady Bears beat Tennessee yesterday to advance to the Regional final Monday night. The men's team will play in their Regional final this afternoon. A win will put both Baylor teams in their respective Final Four. Oddly, both teams will be playing Duke.