Hollywood vs. Jesus

The tomb controversy rematches Christians with the town they love to hate

In the movies, if you want to hook an audience, you throw them a surprise while telling them a story they've heard before. James Cameron knows how to hook an audience. Appearing in New York City with a limestone coffin that he claimed had held the remains of Jesus, Cameron attacked a central Christian tenet--that Christ rose bodily from the dead. Yet he confirmed another article of faith: that Hollywood blasphemers are out to get Christians.

The furor over the documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, which Cameron is producing, was caused by an unholy alliance of two Christian-right bugbears: science...

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