Interview with the author of The Jesus Papers

The March 28 edition of the Today show included an interview with Michael Baigent, author of a book entitled The Jesus Papers>. Mr. Baigent is also one of the authors of the age old discredited book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and one of the people suing Dan Brown over the Da Vinci Code.

In the interview, Mr. Baigent makes several rather interesting (I would say absurd) claims about Jesus. He claims:

1. Jesus and Pilate conspired to fake Jesus' crucifixion because Pilate couldn't have him crucified when Jesus was advocating paying taxes to the Romans.

2. A painting in a church demonstrates that the disciples removed the living body of Jesus from the tomb on the night he was supposedly crucified.

3. Papers exist which shows incontrovertibly that Jesus was alive in 45 A.D.

4. Jesus wrote a letter which he has seen saying that he wasn't the Son of God.

5. It was not until the Council of Nicea that Jesus was given divine status.

WOW! That sounds like a great book . . . for what is obviously fantasy literature. I have requested the book from my local library and will give it a review once I have a chance to read it. In the meantime, you can (for a limited time) watch the MSNBC Interview for yourself.

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