On a personal note, I just want to say that scholars’ attempt to ‘ship Jesus (ship is fandom talk for putting into a dating relationship) with a female contemporary bring about my suspicion not because of some commitment to orthodoxy, but because both the Academy’s and Church’s continued exclusion of single persons. I don’t think this has been investigated in Christian circles, but I just wonder how many married people are uncomfortable with being saved by a single person, since they are always telling single people “they are incomplete” without a significant other and always trying to “save the singles” by setting them up. Yeah, this means I am even calling into question the eagerness of progressives to ‘ship Jesus ; see, even in the eyes of so-called ‘open-minded’ liberals, being single is considered a bad thing.
Anyways, I really felt that the 2 best responses to this forgery, one involved snark, and the other involved a response to Al Moehler.
Honestly, after reading Al Moehler’s response to this whole issue, I just don’t get how he understands Church history. History is filled with winners and losers. The Gnostics had to lose some if Moehler’s “historical Christian orthodoxy” won out. He just doesn’t get that the gnostics were a diverse group, and if anything, Evangelicals have more of a gnostic (that is, claiming that the material world is bad, promoting dis-embodiment) theology and the liberal scholars Moehler criticizes.
“The powerful have silenced those voices on the margin. In immediately and strongly dismissing the suggestion that Jesus may have had a woman disciple, Mohler places himself squarely on the side of the powerful, the side that won.”
from Natalie Burris: Moehler adn the Threatening Papyrus Fragment
The other half of the best responses to the fake Non-Gospel of Jesus’ fake made-up Wife is the Daily Shows Jon Stewart: