Welcome of episode three (yes, the podcast) of the ongoing saga of mainstream journalists wrestling with the picky details of Christian tradition and doctrine (that whole Bible thing, you know) about the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
To catch up on this drama, you may want to glace at “Here we go again: Will someone please explain Christianity to the Associated Press?” and then “Seeking correction No. 2: Will some please explain Christianity to the AP photo desk?“
Concerning that second item, I must report — sadly — that, as of this morning — the Associated Press website still contains the inaccurate photo tag line that reads:
The renovated Edicule is seen in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem’s old city Monday, Mar. 20, 2017. A Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
To repeat the main point here, Christian tradition (that whole Bible thing, again) teaches that — after his resurrection — Jesus spent 40 days with his disciples, was seen by crowds, etc., before his ascension into heaven. Journalists do not have to believe these doctrines. They do, however, need to report the beliefs accurate in stories linked to these sites, biblical passages, holy days and rites.
At the moment, reporters are veering into this territory, of course, because Holy Week and Easter are getting closer. Editors and producers know that it’s time to put something into print and video about Easter, a holy day that isn’t nearly as commercial and fun (in secular terms) as the season previously known as the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
That was the starting point for this week’s “Crossroads” podcast. How many times have you seen stories linked to Easter that either mess of the basics of Christianity or actually attack them? We…