If someone ever tells you that science and religion can’t coexist, don’t believe them. Religion makes science 100% cooler. You get these moments where you notice something little, like the movement of tiny pond protists, sparks of lightening, this really cool new chemical, a cure for a disease, a breathtaking symphony of birds singing, and just realize that you know the God who made all of this. And if that doesn’t take your breath away, I don’t know what will.
This dark skinned, coarse, vacant-eyed, curly-haired man is the closest possible likeness of the historical Jesus, according to the latest forensic techniques.
A far cry from the fair-skinned, blue-eyed and blond-haired man widely shown in sacred art, the image first appeared in a 2001 Discovery Channel/BBC co-production called “Jesus: The Complete Story.”
The reconstruction, created with a 2,000-year-old Jewish skull, ancient documents, advanced software and forensic techniques, simply shows a 1st-century Jewish man who would have lived in the harsh conditions of the time.
“Jesus certainly looked far more like that person than me and other males who live in the West,” James Charlesworth, professor of New Testament languages at Princeton Theological Seminary, one of the experts consulted in the documentary, said at that time.
“We in the West have for about 2000 years been wrongly influenced by an Aryan Jesus., who looks like us. Nothing is more unfaithful to Jesus,” he added.