aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

500 channels and still ain't nuthin' on

'Tis the season for cable TV to do specials on the Nativity stories in the Gospels. In place of the Evangelists Luke and Matthew, we have the Evangelists History Channel and Discovery Channel. Regardless of which channel they appear on, though, the result is the same: more cracked pots than a second-hand china shop. Crazy conspiracy theories, obscure scholars debunking and demythologizing, and an utter disregard for fact-checking typify all these shows. The aim is to sound breathless and moved by the Gospel story, while at the same time making sure the viewers understand that it couldn't possibly be true.

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