Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The War on Christmas

I hate to use the phrase, but there isn't any other way to say it. Well, maybe...

CBS News Hits a New Low
The War on Contemporary Christianity

...would also be titles that could work. 48 Hours tonight slipped to a new low of biased and poor reporting. Without going into excessive detail on the ridiculously one-sided mockery of Christianity and the birth of Jesus presented all I need to point out is how CBS referred to its "experts."

One on side of the coin the 48 Hours special quoted and interviewed "John Dominic Crossan, a former Roman Catholic monk and a professor emeritus at DePaul University" and "Michael White, a New Testament scholar at the University of Texas." White is pretty much a nobody, as a quick Google search yields absolutely nothing by way of his religious and scholarly exploits. As far as Mr. Crossan - he has written a variety of books on the life of Jesus, and is a well known Biblical skeptic. These two "experts" went on to ridicule and at times mock the traditional story of Jesus' birth.

On the other hand (for fairness, I'm sure) the 48 Hours reporter interviewed "Ben Witherington, a conservative Bible scholar and an evangelical minister."

So we have a former monk and professor emeritus versus a "conservative evangelical minister?" What CBS failed to mention was that Ben Witherington is also a Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He has written a number of Biblicaly skeptical books as well, as you would expect from a professor of "New Testament Interpretation." Why would CBS omit this important item from Dr. Witherington's description (including the fact that he is a professor)? Can't you guess?

I almost didn't write about this tonight because it is so ridiculous. However, it is representative of both modern media reporting and the current mainstream offensive against Christianity. All I ask for is a fair shake for all sides. I mean, they didn't even list the guy's credentials...

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