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My Take: I don't know if Jesus was married (and I don't care)
September 21st, 2012
09:28 AM ET

My Take: I don't know if Jesus was married (and I don't care)

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

A few years ago I wrote a book about Jesus in the American imagination. What I learned along the way is that the American Jesus is a Gumby-like figure who can twist and turn in almost any direction.

Our Jesus has been black and white, gay and straight, a socialist and a capitalist, a pacifist and a warrior, a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klansman. Over the American centuries, he has stood not on some unchanging rock of ages but on the shifting sands of economic circumstances, political calculations and cultural trends.

Part Proteus, part Paul (who called himself "all things to all men"), he became during the Victorian period a sentimental Savior. During the Progressive era of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, he flexed his muscles and carried a big stick. During the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, he grew his hair long and strummed his guitar for peace.

Now, in an era in which Americans are debating who can marry and have sex with whom, we are given a Jesus who has given his body and soul in marriage, at least if we are to believe the scrap of ancient papyrus soon coming, via Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King and the Smithsonian Channel, to a television set near you.

“Jesus said, ‘My wife,'” this Coptic papyrus reads, and since King announced her finding at a Coptic studies conference in Rome on Tuesday, the world is trying to imagine not only what manner of man (and god) this might be, but what sort of woman he might have taken into his marriage bed.

As for the question everyone is asking — was Jesus married? — the only correct answer is that we do not know.

There are all sorts of reasons to be skeptical about this find. First, according to King it is owned by an anonymous dealer who is willing to give the fragment to Harvard, but only if it buys other parts of his collection.

Second, we don’t yet know anything about where this fragment was supposedly found or by whom, and the world of ancient Jewish and Christian manuscripts is replete with fakes and fakers.

Third, even if the papyrus is genuine, it points only to one author quoting Jesus as referring to his wife. Perhaps that author was simply trying to push the early Christian tradition away from a preference for celibacy over marriage.

Or perhaps the reference is to some symbolic or spiritual “wife,” rather than one of the flesh-and-blood type. (In the New Testament Jesus already refers to himself as the bridegroom.)

In the end, what intrigues me about this tiny fragment (it measures roughly 1.5-by-3 inches) is the huge hype. The original Belief Blog piece on this story has over 4,000 comments and counting. And a Smithsonian documentary is in the works for September 30.

Jesus may be one of the best attested figures in the ancient world, but we still know hardly anything about him. And because he is the key figure in the largest religion in the world, we are keen to fill in the blanks.

The Jewish tradition has a name for this: midrash, which refers to a way of storytelling that fills in the gaps. This is what Americans have been doing for centuries with Jesus. Not sure where he was during his “lost years” from the end of his childhood to the beginning of his ministry? Send him off to India. Not sure how he looked? Draw a painting or carve a statue.

What is going on here, as I see it, is a reluctance to say, “I don’t know.”

The truth of the matter is that we don’t know what Jesus looked like. We don’t know where he was or what he was doing when he turned 18. And we don’t know if he was ever married or divorced.

What we do know is that we live in a country besotted with Jesus and in an age obsessed with marriage and sexuality and the body, which is why this tiny papyrus is making such big waves.

As for me, I don’t much care what Jesus thought about marriage, or whether he engaged in it. I think we as a society tend to collapse religion far too readily into bedroom questions, as if Jesus came into the world to tell us with whom we should be having sex, and how.

I’m more interested in what Jesus has to say about wealth and poverty, the rich and the poor. And there is plenty in the available record to read and heed, "if only we have ears to hear."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Coptic • Jesus • Sexuality • United States

soundoff (2,026 Responses)
  1. Science is our savior

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgx1_JVxfZE

    September 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • old ben

      I'm afraid it's true, Mayor – this is Mohammed, the son of Charles Manson and Santa Claus.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  2. HeavenSent Army

    Defeat the lies of the talmud! Join today!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq6FsOCdadI

    Amen.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  3. In God We Trust

    If this article used Muhammed instead – embassy would have burned, bombed, killing diplomats and causing war...

    Thank God Christians are tolerant 🙂

    September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Just sayin

      yeah at least they eventually got pressured away from the witch burning stuff. Most of 'em, anyway.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • UD

      Christians are tolerant? If they lived under the same conditions as the "protesters" with the creature comforts of the USA, they would be exactly the same.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • MDAT

      Not as tolerant as you would expect.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @IGWT,

      The Daily Show used this analogy on Monday. Islam is about 1390 years old.

      What were Christians doing when their religion was 1390 years old? Let's say 1426.

      In 1426 ...

      – The western schism, where European monarchies split their religious allegiances between popes and antipopes, had been resolved only six years previously.

      – In two years, (in 1428) the body of John Wycliffe would be exhumed, his body burned and ashes distributed in a river at the order of Pope Martin V – for the crime of heresy. Wycliffe had translated the bible into English and was a vocal critic of the papacy.

      – The Spanish Inquisition was still 54 years in the future.

      – The wars of the reformation that would sweep through Europe where people killed each other over variations in Christian sects would begin 100 years after 1424 and last for a further 140 years or so.

      – Religious rejection of science: Copernicus (Heliocentrism 1543) Giordanao Bruno (burned at the stake in 1600) Galileo (Roman Inquisition 1615) was still well over a century away.

      They were a pretty intolerant bunch of Christians in 1426 – and hadn't even reached the heights of their violent intolerance to each other at that time.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  4. s1helipilot

    And because he is the key figure in the largest religion in the world, we are keen to fill in the blanks. I can hardly believe that Christianity is the largest religion in the world, does he have any idea about how many people live in Asia and almost none of them are Christian.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Science is our savior

      Christianity is the world's largest religion, followed by Islam :/

      September 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  5. Omg

    2012................ based on approx. date of the birth of Christ.

    Why do non-Christians follow Gregorian year and calendar?

    September 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Fettucini

      Why do the British drive on the wrong side of the road?

      September 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Omg' is an unusual form of the ad populum fallacy.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Omg,

      The length of the year (which is what the "Gregorian calendar" is all about) has nothing to do with the starting number for the year. It should only take you five minutes on wikipedia to figure it out. I suggest that you do.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  6. Mahmud

    May Allah lead and help Christians and Jews for worshipping wrong God.
    Muhammed is messenger of Allah and Islam is a true religion. Please read the Quran, the word of God.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Fettucini

      *Facepalm*

      September 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Just sayin

      Mahmy:

      My dog's better than your dog...my dog's better than yours...

      September 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Jose

      your name has the word 'mud' in it....ha ha ha

      September 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Just sayin

      Read my book. Mine's better.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • ...................

      All of the Ancient Arabia worshiped Sin, the moon god also called al-ilah, which meant "the god". Islam developed directly from a moon god cult. No historian disputes that. Islam needs to be honest about their origins.

      The jig is up boys. You can't hide this forever. You KNOW this has been whispered for centuries, and no one would admit it. Time to admit it, in the open.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Mohammad in size 5 Foot of Magical Underwear

      Hey look someone posted a video of Muhammed, scroll all the way to the top. Do you see him??

      September 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism Part Deux

      The Quran is the word of Gord? Well, just who is this Gord fella anyway, and why is he going around stirring up all kinds of trouble?

      ps Allah is about as real as the Easter Bunny, who, as we all know, died in a helicopter crash for our sins

      September 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  7. Ko

    Christianity is the largest religion and the only truth one.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, dear, it isn't.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Well it has the largest flock of sheep. The monopoly on truth stuff – not so much.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Keep on dreaming.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Fettucini

      Nope, sorry, Buddah is the largest religion. That sucker must weigh a good 350 lbs. (yeah I know, Buddah wasn't fat.)

      September 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Ko' is an instance of the ad populum fallacy.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      September 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Islam is part Christianism, religion of Thin Allah, consti pationof truth absolute 180* and foundation of every consti pation on earth, heaven, and beyond where no man has ever gone before. TO LEARN MORE VISIT http://www.unlimitisthetruth.com/blog.html and click on Fatima to open her legs.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • ...................

      also the one true Scotsman Fallacy

      September 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, stupidity of a hindu, ignorant.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  8. Olivia

    Wow this article is very insulting and bigotry

    September 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you're how old, honey?

      September 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Just sayin

      Olivia, you are very thick and stupidity.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Athy

      Good one, just sayin, but I'm afraid it will be way over Olivia's head.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • ...................

      she may have meant ; (an example of ) bigotry.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • ...................

      should have had a comma

      September 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      You give Steven too much credit, Olivia. He's not smart enough to write bigotry.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      Bigotry – I think they have those in the forests of Italy:

      Hey, Maria, wadda you looka at?

      It's a big-a-tree, Gino !

      September 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  9. Lizzy10

    It doesn't matter-except to a group of men at the Vatican. As an American Catholic-Jesus being married matters not, what matters is those men in the Vatican trying to muzzle American Nuns.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Fettucini

      muzzle or nuzzle?

      September 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Greg

      Probably muzzle. It's the altar boys they try to nuzzle.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Lizzy10,

      so you openly and happily admit that you don't apply any critical thinking in your acceptance of religion? Just show up at Mass on Sunday and go through the motions and everything is A-OK?

      The only reason the 'men in the Vatican' would care is that it would disrupt the carefully created house of cards that Catholic theology is based on and you purport to believe on faith.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  10. Portland tony

    2012 years from now someone will be digging in their back yard and find a wrapper from a "Jack in the box" product and the word will go out we all had round heads during the 21st century,.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Fettucini

      And since 'In God We Trust' is on our coinage, they will assume Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, et al are our gods.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  11. joan newman

    yes Jesus has a wife, it is the church he is married too.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Dr. Donnel Johnson

      In my research I have found that Mary Magdalene was in fact both consort and wife. A consort was simply a companion. If you read the scriptures, you will find that in the late BE and early CE, it was actually possible to both be married and single simultaneously.

      How you ask?

      You must refer to the Gnostic versus attributed to Phillip who said "Be it spouse or alone, we are only that which our threshold allows on the Sabbath."

      Loosely translated it means a woman can be beholden to a man one day, and quite free the next. This makes polygamy possible without breaking God's law against Adultery.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Athy

      It's "to", not "too". This neatly tags you as a bible babbler.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Just sayin

      joan, Jesus musta bin pretty tired after s.ex then, with all those orifices churches have. No wonder the churchy folk never seem satisfied and have to spew everywhere.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • thefinetruth

      @Just sayin, I heard the church likes it in the apse.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  12. OregonTom

    Honestly Jesus's life is none of any ones damn business. I am sure Jesus led an honest life, enough said.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Kevin

      Enough said by you, sure. Go for it, Tommy. Try to stay silent.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Dr. Donnel Johnson

      Actually Oregon Tom, not so much.

      In the Gospel of Mary we read, "...and so he came out from the shadow, heavy in hand and much more so than when he entered. It was our Lord."

      To further quantify this concept, Phillip states, "...the 12 were but fugitives but beholden to Him."

      Scholars feel certain that, among the many exploits of Jesus and the apostles, he was the original "Robin Hood” and the 12 the “Merry Men” if you will.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdities written by unknown authors have no value, just selling a fake with a label of a known brand, way of hindu magi's, criminal tricksters to hind, fool humanity. hinduism absurdities called gospels have no foundation to stand on but hinduism, ignorance of a hindu, ignorant.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  13. zz

    1

    September 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  14. Bodhisatva

    Wow, based on most of these posts Satan is alive and well and quite pleased with his works. Hell will be full and a lot of people are in for a big surprise some day. My problem with all this is, what are you afraid of? Is it so easy and trendy to mock Jesus and Christianity, or do you harbor so much hatred for people with the joy of Jesus in their lives? Is it easy being a Christian? No! Do I live every day with a smile on my face and is everything perfect in my life? No! But I know when it is all over and when I die I will meet Jesus and all his followers that went before me. If I'm wrong, so be it. If your're wrong, are you ready for an eternity of fire and damnation?

    September 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • jkflipflop

      Since your sole reason for believing is that you want to avoid hell and save yourself. . . guess what?! You're going to hell right along with the rest of the sinners you so love to mock! Congrats.

      I'm sure they've reserved a special table for religious phonies like yourself.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Fettucini

      Pascals wager, when all else fails, try fear.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Bodhisatva' is a glaring instance of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      September 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • fyre

      Personally I'm looking forward to the peacefulness of nonexistence after death. I have NO desire for eternal life. If you tell that to evangelicals on the street, it's a heck of a lot of fun watching them confusedly try to process that. Even if I KNEW for a fact that Hell was a real place, I would refuse to worship a God that ruled by fear and arbitrarily threw his creations into eternal torment. I don't even understand how you could possibly bring a child into this world believing that they face eternal suffering if they don't jump through the right hoops and get on God's good side.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      fyre, I applaud your post, both for your skill in writing and for content. I completely concur.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Greg

      What Tom Tom said. frye++

      September 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Greg

      *fyre++

      September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Rm

      Good message Bodhisatva. I'm not very religious but I certainly respect what your saying. As for some of the others on here I'm sure more than a few of them will suddenly find a reason to pray one day. There are no atheists in fox holes as the saying gos.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, bullish!t. There are plenty of atheists in foxholes and everywhere else.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Athy

      The post by Bodhisatva is a glaring instance of abject stupidity. No intelligence here, let's move on.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Greg

      Rm, nice try. Now go here you ignoramus, and thanks for insulting many atheist military men and women, you ass hole:

      http://militaryatheists.org/atheists-in-foxholes/

      September 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Let's consider a Wager (thanks fyre). God may or may not exist, but if you believe and God does exist, after your death you will have an eternal life of endless tedium on the Turkey Farm. If you do not believe or if God does not exist you will cease to exist when you die. No cares, no worries, no you. Now choose.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • HAVE MUD WILL TRAVEL

      fyre, you have confused the story. I have to wonder about your integrity.

      September 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • HAVE MUD WILL TRAVEL

      '1Cr 14:33 For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.'........So confusion has to originate in created beings.

      September 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  15. BurnNotice

    Who are they talking about?

    It's disgusting to hear Network anchors speak of this mythical figure as if he really existed.

    Who cares about Mrs. Santa Claus?

    September 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  16. 2357

    If Christ did not exist, it is the single greatest lie ever created by the greatest number of the craftiest and most powerful conspirators in the history of the universe. It would be an even greater fabrication than abiogenesis, with a greater blanket assumption than uniformitarianism. And whoever crafted the story has pretty much earned the credentials to rule the world. If there be no absolute truth, power governs does it not? If God was invented by committee, if had to have been a damn fine one. Templars you say? Zoroastrians? Babylonians and Sumerians, little green men who sacrifice cows, and now Coptics who wiped themselves with papyrus! Add them to the cesspool of skepticism in your head.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Fettucini

      "single greatest lie ever created"

      Well, something has to be.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Kevin

      2357, your brain ain't no better than a cesspool if you believe any of that sh!te that you just typed.

      Wow, there really are people as stupid and ignorant as you. You don't deserve a name – maybe that's why you have a number.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Kevin speaks the truth.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Whatever

      "2357, your brain ain't no better than a cesspool if you believe any of that sh!te that you just typed.

      Wow, there really are people as stupid and ignorant as you. You don't deserve a name – maybe that's why you have a number."

      Kevin here is doing his part to help atheism become accepted by the common folks. Good job, Kevin. Way to win 'em over.

      What a putz.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The only putz here is you.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Greg

      Given what the world has had to put up from Christian ass holes over the past centuries, Kevin's reaction is actually pretty reasonable.

      So go fsck yourself, whatever. Eat shit.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @2357

      uniformitarianism – I had to look that up, thanks for mentioning it.

      A sound principle – though not altogether true. I think it's safe to say there was a period of intense bombardment ending some 3.8 billions of years ago. That would have been pretty cataclysmic.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Fettucini

      I would have looked it up but I can't spell dictionary.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • fyre

      Exactly what is your argument? Are you trying to say that so many people believe in God and Jesus that they must be real? That has to be the most confusing paragraph I've ever read!

      September 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by '2357' is an instance of the ad populum fallacy.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      September 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Greg

      FS101, thanks. You nailed it.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Whatever

      " So go fsck yourself, whatever. Eat shi t."

      Move over, Bill Maher.

      😆

      Here's...... Greg! (cue the band, Greg prepares his monologue)

      Make sure you rub your ni pples like Conan, Greg.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • End Religion

      @2357: "If Christ did not exist"

      There's not one shred of reliable proof that he did exist.

      ***
      "it is the single greatest lie ever created by the greatest number of the craftiest and most powerful conspirators in the history of the universe."

      Possibly, though I doubt the crafty part. All religion is indeed a big lie. It no longer needs an active conspiracy to persist, though I would guess there exist quite a few in leadership positions who understand the level of BS involved in maintaining their gravy train. Religion perpetuates itself via fear, ignorance and loneliness. People like security blankets. Promise them one and you have their attention.

      ***
      "whoever crafted the story has pretty much earned the credentials to rule the world."

      Whoever tells the biggest lie has earned the right to rule the world? What kind of moral system is that?

      ***
      "If there be no absolute truth, power governs does it not?"

      There is truth, you just don't like it.

      ***
      "If God was invented by committee, if had to have been a damn fine one."

      Your logic leaves something to be desired. God *was* created by committee, its handbook of rules for him is riddled with contradiction, fabrication, violence and hate. There isn't anything fine about the group that created him.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • 2357

      So all you smart people agree Christianity is the single greatest atrocity ever to surface on the planet. Then what in the world are you doing posting thoughts on these boards. You should be out murdering Christians and burning churches every day! How very irresponsible of you all to know heinous crime in progress and do nothing about it. When was the last time you tortured a child into denying Jesus? Have have you ever injured a kid only because he went to church? Are you stockpiling arms to unleash extermination on Christians? Well why not, I ask all you complicit cowards. What are you afraid of, when truth is on your side?

      September 22, 2012 at 7:57 am |
  17. jo an

    I hope Jesus was married...hope he only had one wife and no divorces....where are the children??

    September 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • End Religion

      He ate them. Times were tough back then.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Greg

      ER, v funny.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  18. Don't believe everything you read

    If someone finds a scrap of paper two thousand years from now and it talks about spells at Hogwarts, are we to believe Hogwarts is real just because of that? No.

    September 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • End Religion

      Hogwarts is real. There's a book about it and scholars agree its historically accurate. Many people have seen the movies, which is further proof. In addition, I don't really need any proof. I believe it because the books tell me to. I wouldn't want to live in a world where Hogwarts wasn't real. Now back to the original question – did Harry Potter really have a wife or not?

      September 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Just sayin

      Dumbeldore + Harry Potter >> Christian God. Wayyyyy so.

      God still hasn't vanquished Satan after a few thou years, but Dd and HP did in Voldemort in < 25 years.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • fyre

      In my world, Harry's wife is Hermione, NOT Ginny. I refuse to live in a world that says otherwise.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Greg

      Personally I think Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall had something going on but Snape got in there somehow.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Whatever

      Hey Luke and Darth Vader "crossed swords" too. That was before Leia got it on with Harrison Ford, I think.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Greg,

      Albus was gay.

      Proven.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • End Religion

      Albus was the one who ran around constantly casting "Erectus MyBonum" spells at Harry.

      September 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  19. No name

    It's a shame the author doesn't take his faith more seriously...he doesn't care??? Give me a break.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  20. ChristLib

    It doesn't matter a bit. Catholics will have the hardest time with it likely. I've always thought that if he was married it may have been covered up way back when in order to further ostracize women from the church.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • End Religion

      All religions have roughly equal reluctance in accepting facts.

      September 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
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