Excellent article from The Catholic Thing about the supposed behind-the-scenes actual author of the New Testament, once again revealing the proclivity of folks unwilling to accept the facts of Christ the son of God as a historical figure; to find ways to get around it.
“A paper key?” you ask. “A paper key could never open anything.” Precisely.
“In The Desolate City (1986), Anne Roche Muggeridge notes the irony that “modernists are in fact mythologizers, not demythologizers,” as they claim. “The Church,” she says, “experienced and afterwards always taught the events of Christ’s life as history, not as myth, parable, allegory, or epic poetry,” unlike the various ways in which she addressed “the Book of Jonah, or the Book of Job, or the Song of Songs.”
“But “modernists, by means of the mythological language and concepts of the secularized late twentieth century,” have been busy turning Christ into an idea, and the Church into a not-yet-realized dream of the progressive imagination.
“The result has been the manufacture of paper keys – keys consisting of nothing more substantial than the paper whereon the modernist Catholic develops his imaginations. The grooves and projections of these paper keys correspond to little or nothing at all, whether of the Scriptural record, of the teaching and the history of the Church, or of the reality of human beings.
“To accept them requires a parodic version of faith. It is to invert the directive of the psalmist, and to put one’s trust in princes – in professors of theology, in careerist historians, in promoters of “progress” as defined by the promoters, in political structures, and in reconstituted men and women of the future – rather than in the Lord God.
“Over the next few columns, I’d like to examine a few of these paper keys.
“Let’s begin by going straight to the source – the Quelle so-called, or “Q,” as it’s affectionately known in theological circles.
“For those not conversant with textual criticism of the New Testament, “Q” is a text of the sayings of Jesus, which, along with the narrative in the Gospel of Mark, is said to form the basis of the three synoptic gospels. Mark is held to be the earliest gospel, with Matthew using material from Mark along with material from Q, and Luke rearranging material from Matthew and adding material of his own.
“It doesn’t matter to me whether or not Q existed. That’s not my point. The point is rather that learned tomes are written about Q, and ordinary people taking instruction to become catechists are introduced to Q, and students reading annotated Bibles encounter the fact of Q, as if the question were quite beyond query.
“But there’s a problem. We have no documentary or testamentary evidence of Q. There’s no manuscript of Q, not a scrap. There’s no reference to a Q, by any of the New Testament writers, by the early Christians, or by the Church Fathers. Nor would there have been any reason for them to be quiet about it. After all, a book containing the sayings of the Lord would be most precious.”