Good Friday Clarifications

Today is Good Friday, the day that Jesus of Nazareth was tortured, nailed on a cross, etc.. Regardless of your opinions about Jesus and Christianity, Jesus’ crucifixion was a massive event in human history, like an event horizon where light disappears into a black hole. I’d like to make some clarifications against popular notions of the infamous passion story.

Loosely speaking, Jesus was someone who lived in the spirit of the religious teachings of his day, who focused on caring for people in need over details about right vs. wrong. He did not see a gulf between ordinary life and a…