Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Blood Of The Lamb

James Cameron
, best known as the
director of the Titanic and the first two Terminator films has made an unusual return to the limelight recently.

He has been in the news for producing a documentary that suggests researchers have possibly found the grave of Jesus and Joseph and Mary, along with new family members.

Some headlines highlight the potential discovery of what they claim may be the DNA of Christ. The archaeological record of the find purports to add credence to some of the non Canonical Gospels, that suggsted Jesus had married and raised a family. Perhaps capitalising on the intrigue stirred by the phenomenon of The Da Vinci Code, Cameron raises all kinds of controversial questions. The Catholic church predictably has responded with a dismissal of the findings.

The story brings to mind Thomas Monteleone's 1993 novel The Blood of the Lamb.

The novel touched on many high profile current issues, religion, conspiracy theories, and the futuristic possibilities of biomedical research long before they were fashionable.

In the story Researchers find what they believe is the DNA of Christ
and this leads to the creation of a clone.

The cloned child grows into a man, a remarkable man, and then into something more than a man. Events then unfold on a grand scale, in an unpredictable non-allegorical way.

The book caused a good deal of controversy of its own at the time depicting the new version of
Jesus in a sexually charged way.

Despite the high minded subject
Cameron's documentary somehow appears to have the air of a publicity stunt. His earnest avowals that the film does not challenge any established positions seem self important;or perhaps there is something there, but he himself raises some doubts about any larger implications. All the same it will undoubtedly not cause any damage to Catholic tradition. The fictional invention of
Monteleone's novel is on the other hand well worth a look; it has no earth shattering relevance but is a highly entertaining work of fiction

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