With more or less regular intervals we get reports in the press about “sensational revelations” and “radical new knowledge.” I am very fond of acquiring new knowledge, and who can be against revealing the truth behind myths? The problem is often the quality of this new insight. Examples of this are many as the book “Holy Blood Holy Grail”, the presentation of the Gospel of Judas by National Geographic, the film Zeitgeist, some tabloids annual “do you know what the Gospel of Thomas really says” and the Norwegian Illustrated History of Science 17/2008.
The popular science magazine had rougly the same headline as this article, but not in form of a question. It is both a great example of some usual populist pitfalls and at the same time it touches upon the Christmas story and thus offers an opportunity to shed more light on this part of history now in advent.