The headlines and articles tell us it is ‘ancient’ and it is at that, but is it close to the time of Jesus?
The articles themselves report the date of the fragment as 4th century, putting it about 300 years after the death of Jesus.
Is this neo-narrative of Jesus really up for consideration?
“Despite the Catholic Church’s insistence that Jesus was not married, the idea resurfaces on a regular basis, notably with the 2003 publication of Dan Brown’s best-seller “The Da Vinci Code,” which angered many Christians because it was based on the idea that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children.
So is this a case of ‘narrow-minded’ churchmen blindly clinging to ‘tradition and doctrine’ in the face of contrary evidence?