As reported by publishing trade mag Folio, magazines that feature Jesus on their covers see their issue sales jump by as much as 45 percent. (Putting the Bible front and center can boost sales as much as 51 percent.) In the past couple of years, magazines such as Wired and Popular Mechanics have tried to cash in on this miracle of marketing, but the most persistent devotees are Time and Newsweek, which have spent the last decade competing over who can squeeze Jesus on the front most often.
April 8 Time fires the opening salvo of the Jesus wars during Holy Week.
April 8 Newsweek shoots back with “Rethinking the Resurrection.”
More than six months early, Newsweek celebrates “2000 Years of Jesus.”
December 6 Time reminisces about “Jesus at 2000.”
December 13 Newsweek looks into “The Birth of Jesus.”
December 13 Time reveals “Secrets of the Nativity.”
March 21 Time goes for broke with “Hail, Mary.”
March 28 Newsweek intercepts with the backstory of “How Jesus Became Christ.”