Originally Posted by astorian
I do have serious answers to all your questions, and I'll get to them in a moment, but first...
1) I find it bizarre how quick the media are to latch onto iffy stories like this based on little or no evidence. Interestingly, it's usually around Easter time that they trumpet stories like this (every year, right before Easter, you can count on Time and/or Newsweek doing a cover story publicizing some new theory about the "real" Jesus).
2) I find it equally bizarre that secularists who normally scoff at the New Testament on the grounds that "it wasn't written until decades after Jesus' death" show no similar skepticism toward a fragment of a document written 300 years after Jesus' death.
Please show me any secularist (or anyone else) who is treating this as proof that Jesus had a wife. The discoverer certainly did not. We have a more complete Gospel of Judas, for instance, and no one acts like that proves Judas was a good guy after all.
What people are saying is that this is interesting since it shows that the question of the married state of Jesus was still out there hundreds of years after his death.
The religious are the ones who consider things written long after the death of Jesus by people who never knew him "gospel truth", not us.