Sunday, June 05, 2011

Actually that’s not in the Bible
Some of this is probably city slickers laughing at flyover-country Christianity (‘they don’t even know their own religion so they should obey us’, but don’t many old-school Protestants know the Bible very well?) but of course much of this is true. About the three wise men: so what? As the writer might have noted, sola scriptura isn’t in scriptura. (It’s part of big-T Tradition.) Or the two sides implied in this are both really Protestant; well, culturally that’s America. A lot of these details, like the names of Jesus’ grandparents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal gospels (like that of James) or, as in the case of the wise men’s names (usually Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar), other traditions, not scripture but sources all the same. If it’s not heretical or provably fake and it’s OK with the bishop, run with it.

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