Last night, when Eve brought this article to my attention, she asked, “Do you remember Tom Madden?”
I imagined John Madden. “Yeah.”
“You know he’s an expert on the Crusades?”
How nice for John Madden, I thought. “No.”
Sensing that something was wrong with my brain, Eve said, “Thomas Madden, from the SLU history department?”
“Oh, yeah, yeah.” I said. I think I covered myself pretty well.
Turns out a few years ago Dr. Madden wrote an article that appeared in the National Review, called “Not Dead Yet,” about the Naked Archaeologist’s The Lost Tomb of Jesus. Calling Simcha Jacobovici a “Naked Archaeologist,” mind you, is like calling me a “Bejeweled Pro Wrestler”–he is neither an archaeologist nor is he naked. “Fully Clothed Failure” seems more apt.
Regardless, it was published in March 2008 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the release of the Discovery Channel’s misguided airing of James Cameron’s goofy documentary, and it seems to fit within the scope of this site.