The major festivals of the Christian year often prompt major cover stories in the nation's weekly news magazines. Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report all regularly feature major articles timed for Christmas and Easter. The days of these cover articles may soon be over, however, since US News & World Report is no longer publishing a print edition, and Newsweek's final print edition will be dated December 31, 2012.
In years past, these cover articles had featured the work of reporters who interviewed a range of scholars and authorities from several theological perspectives. More recently, both Time and Newsweek have instead featured essays written by a single author.
Timed for this Christmas, Newsweek just released a cover essay by Bart D. Ehrman, who is well-known for his belief that the New Testament is largely historical fiction. "Who is Jesus?" is the question on the cover. "The Myths of Jesus" is the headline on the essay itself.
Newsweek's agenda is clear, and it has chosen to feature a cover article denying the historical basis of Christmas as one of its last print editions.
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