Do you remember when Harvard Divinity Professor Karen King embarrassed herself last year by claiming that a few words on a parchment of dubious source and date proved Jesus was married?
In a speech to Michigan students, she doubled down on the ridiculous claim, but in doing so she revealed her motivations.
King commented that, as a scholar, there is more at issue for her than Christ’s possible marriage. She questioned how Jesus’ celibate status came to be accepted, astonished few have previously challenged this issue.
“We should be asking how we have largely come to believe that Jesus was not married,” she said. “It is worth questioning something that has come to shape gendered law and normative institutions. Much is at stake in constructing this history of a usable past.”
She doesn’t like the result, so she undermines the truth. That’s Harvard in a nutshell.
But her absurdity continues, citing one word in a 3rd Century Gnostic gospel as some sort of proof that the question is still open. That question isn’t open. How Harvard is still open, that is the question.