Last year the New York Times had a major journalist oopsy as they described the Christian holiday of Easter as a celebration of Christ’s “resurrection into heaven.”
Um, no. That doesn’t even make any theological sense. Easter is not the celebration of Christ’s ascension, if that’s what you were trying to describe. We do believe and celebrate the ascension. But we don’t conflate it with the resurrection.
Well, this year, they’ve done it again. Recently they described the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as the place “where many Christians believe that Jesus is buried.”
Okay, you got a few things right. Good job. Yes, we believe Jesus died and was buried. And yes, we believe that this occurred in Jerusalem, the city where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is.
However, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher marks the traditional place of Jesus’ death, not His burial. Second, and more importantly, by definition, there is no traditional location where Christians believe Jesus is buried. You may remember from your mistake last year that Christians believe in Christ’s resurrection. Hence, no traditional burial place. Furthermore, we don’t even know where He was buried prior to His resurrection.
It’s one thing for Christianity to be misrepresented in the media. That’s expected. But it’s quite another thing for the nation’s leading newspaper to mess up not merely on some peripheral issue in Christianity but on Christianity’s central belief–the resurrection of Christ. And not just once, but twice.
New York Times, you had one job.
An editor, a Christian staff member, a Bible, or even a simple Google search should have been able to prevent these.