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Media Ignorance of Christianity: Why do Christians Revere Jerusalem?


It’s perhaps not sporting to mock the New York Times when it tries to address Christianity. Pointing out the mistakes seems like piling on. But every once in a while it’s good to note how little the Paper of Record seems to know about Christianity and Christian history, if only to remind oneself of the unfortunate path to ignorance our culture seems to be taking. Besides, sometimes it’s too much fun to resist.

For example, a couple weeks ago, art critic Holland Cotter reviewed a new exhibition on Jerusalem, “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People under Heaven,” at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cotter has a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, so you’d think he’d know a thing or two—basic facts about world religions, history, that sort of thing. It’s surprising, therefore, to read this passage in his review:

Three major faiths have laid claim to that city. For Jews, it’s the place where, at the End of Days, the Messiah will appear; rebuild the Holy Temple, twice-destroyed; and sort out the righteous from the rest. For Muslims, the city is sacred as the point from which the Prophet Muhammad, after a miraculous night flight from Mecca, began a tour of heaven. To Christians, Jerusalem is a giant walk-through reliquary of Jesus’ life and death, with every street, every stone, soaked in his aura.

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