The most important newspaper in the world allowed this statement by a professor of English to get into print yesterday, in an essay about technology:

Since Christ was understood to be the carnal manifestation of the Scriptures — the Word made flesh, according to the literary scholar James Kearney — the Bible was reflexively endowed with human properties.

It looks like they’re going to need for Ross Douthat, who may well be the only practicing Christian among the paper’s writers and editors, to start coming down to the office and proof pages. This is really embarrassing. And it ought to be embarrassing to Prof. Gillian Silverman too. She may not be a Christian, but good grief, how can you be a humanities scholar and not know that famous phrase from the first chapter of the Gospel of John?

I can’t wait to see the correction for this one.