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Digby http://goo.gl/UXvZB Pass the Popcorn: “Yet another in the very long list of things I didn’t know: Charlie Pierce is a Christian scholar. And, as might be expected, he takes Ross Douthat’s new book downtown. Hard: “[N]owhere does Douthat so clearly punch above his weight class as when he decides to correct the damage he sees as having been done by the historical Jesus movement, the work of Elaine Pagels and Bart Ehrman and, ultimately, Dan Brown’s novels…. Elaine Pagels has forgotten more about the events surrounding the founding of Christianity… than Ross Douthat will ever know, and to lump her work in with the popular fiction of The Da Vinci Code is to attempt to blame Galileo for ‘Lost in Space’.”