Mike Aquilina

Newly Disclosed Betrayals of “Judas”

Saturday July 22nd 2006, 3:02 am

Jim Davila at Paleojudaica reports on the reprehensible behavior involved in the trafficking of the Gospel of Judas.

So not only did National Geographic practice shameless and tasteless hucksterism by foisting the bogus gospel on the world during Holy Week — in an unprecedented media campaign — it also tacitly promoted the mishandling and mutilation of irreplaceable artifacts — another country’s cultural heritage. All of its editors’ protests of scholarly intention ring rather hollow just now.

You don’t have to be a Christian to be grossed out by the whole matter, as Adam Gopnik demonstrated so well in the New Yorker.