Bloodline, the forthcoming documentary from Bruce Burgess that examines one of the theories promulgated by The Da Vinci Code, that Jesus Christ had a decidedly Earthly relationship with Mary Magdalene, and bore human offspring, is still a few weeks off from release, but having seen it I thought I’d touch on a few quick thoughts. As an academic inquisition it starts out fairly interesting, and then becomes progressively less so. Part of this is because Burgess casts his lot with one curious amateur explorer — Ben Hammott, whose web site is currently shut down — and seems to stop asking (or at least including here) questions both tough and obvious. But there’s also just bad scientific method and intellectual judgment. I’ll get into this a bit more in a proper, full-length review, but I was astonished when, at one point late in the movie, Burgess uses a piece of evidence obtained from Hammott to theoretically validate/confirm… another piece of evidence from Hammott. It’s that sort of thing that makes even agnostics and open-minded people of faith not take this matter seriously.