James Cameron seems to be jumping on the Dan Brown bandwagon, which unfortunately, doesn’t do much to lend credibility to a-theism.
Allegedly, the talented Mr. Cameron has created a documentary that “shakes the very foundation of Christianity” by disproving the resurrection of Christ. His evidence? A family tomb discovered in Jerusalem 27 years ago, containing coffins inscribed with the names “Jesua, Joseph, Mary, and Judah”, among others. Although that combination of names resonates as biblical with us now, 2000 years ago in the middle east they were very common Jewish names. Mr. Cameron is holding a press conference on Monday where he will unveil the three coffins borrowed from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), and he claims to have more evidence than the names alone. The content of his presentation will not be released prior to the press conference.
Having not seen the conference I may be speaking too soon, but I suspect this is more about publicity, attention, and money than actual evidence. Like it or not, Dan Brown popularized the Anti-Christianity debate, which is why I don’t think it’s shocking at all that Dawkins’ The God Delusion is a best seller. It’s easy, if not fashionable, to rile up the Christians these days. But Dawkins’ work is solid, based on passionate belief, not a yen for money and publicity. When unwarranted claims become mainstream controversy (a la Dan Brown), and get debunked, it only gives theists good reason to ignore us.
Let’s hope Cameron has more than empty controversy to offer. Because he’s likely to get the publicity he’s looking for.