Monday, January 16, 2006

Unraveling Christopher Columbus

Nearly thrity years ago Peter Marshall wrote a book of fairy tales about America's "Christian" history entitled The Light and the Glory. It has been a popular book in evangelical circles ever since.

Marshall's book begins with a paean to God's "Christ-bearer" Christopher Columbus. In Marshall's eyes Columbus was God's Ambassador to the New World.

In reality, Spanish scientists are now conducting DNA tests to discover whether Columbus was in fact a Catalan pirate who concealed his identity to further his nautical ambitions.

The genuine historical material that I have read about Columbus indicates that his character was much nearer to that of a pirate than of a "Christ-bearer."

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