The Divinity of Christ, 1810

A Note to Visitors

Those of you who visit this site regularly as genealogy & history buffs are familiar with the fact that I often break up images onto separate pages in order to decrease the download time when the old newspaper article is very long. I have done the same with this article addressing the death of Christ. However,  I have both enlarged it more than I ordinarily do, and I have left it in color.

If you're wondering why on earth I included this, since it's not the usual fare here on TheOldenTimes.com, I'll gladly explain.

If you already know because you've come from a referring link, click here to get started on Part 1 of 4 pages.

Why?

For the past 3 days I have been inundated with news and reviews of the Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of The Christ. I have read with great interest all sorts of reviews: from the adoring praise to the shamefully slobbering hysteria. It's been pretty intense.

I am not a very religious person, unable to sit through sermons and only an occasional and reluctant attendee at Sunday school as a child. I'm not a Biblical scholar. I struggle with whether or not I believe at all, sometimes, though I wish that I did have more faith. So I'm not looking at this from the above-it-all pseudo-sophistication of the proclaimed atheist, nor with the so-called "blind" faith of the genuinely faithful. I'm just

Then, last night, I opened a package  containing my "newest" old newspaper: a  newspaper called The Star, published in Raleigh, North Carolina. As the seller describes it, "[it's] one of the rarest early North Carolina papers, this date may well be the only one available in private hands."

Of course, I was pleased to have it. I glanced over it, looking to see if there was anything I could add to the site fairly quickly. After all, it was already almost 5 in the morning, and I do spend way too many nights like this,  working to add new pages to the website. But I was still excited.

Then, of all things, what jumped out at me? "The Divinity of Christ."  I usually don't even register the religious articles when I see them, because I'm' looking for the genealogical goodies ya'll love. But I couldn't help but notice this one. Maybe all those movie reviews had me primed to notice it. It struck me as a little eerie... here, in this 1810 newspaper, were yet more column inches devoted to the very topic I've been reading so much about in today's newspapers.

So I decided that I'd tip my hat to the journalists of those "Olden Times," who posthumously provide me with a great collection to share with my friends here. I shall let them have their (antique) say on "The Passion," because it almost seemed like they were writing about today's latest buzz.

So there you go!

Whether or not you, personally, choose to see the movie, just remember that a lot of reviewers seem to have their own personal agendas, whether they're pro or con. The stronger their language, the more likely that is so. I do suspect that those who expect to see anti-Semitism will see it. Yes, it will be violent, but murder is seldom a pretty thing, and public crucifixions (like all public executions) were meant to be shocking, to deter witnesses from committing similar misdeeds. I will take Mel Gibson's word for it that he's trying to be as accurate as possible, and I don't expect him to protect my sensibilities. I can always look away when it's too much for me.

For those who are disappointed that Jesus' teachings aren't emphasized, or even the Resurrection, I think it would be good to remember that His purpose on this earth was to die in punishment for our sins. And without that death, necessarily ugly (especially because of its time and place in human history), there would be no story at all.

So go with an open mind.

Amusingly, I have heard that there's some big shot minister (can't recall his name offhand) who is proclaiming that we Christians (he identifies himself as one) have just got to get away from this barbaric idea about God sending His only Son to die as punishment for our sins. Says he finds that just awful.

So now I'll get back to adding new pages to the website, including more genealogically-related items from The Star. Whew!

Thank you again for visiting my silly site, and even putting up with this one serious part! I am grateful for your endless patience with my amateur webmistress skills!

Most sincerely,

Barbara

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