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Tim Tebow making Jesus more popular?

Yesterday, we noted that Tim Tebow's rib injury during the Patriots game was similar to one sustained by Jesus during the crucifixion.

A bit of a stretch? Maybe -- but no more of one than a new claim that the Chosen One's popularity is rubbing off on a certain savior.

So say folks at Business Insider, who've just published a piece entitled "Jesus is Now More Popular Thanks to Tim Tebow."

As evidence, they offer the following chart tracking Google search volume since the NFL lockout ended in July:

Tim Tebow making Jesus more popular?
Courtesy of Business Insider

Author Cork Gaines's interpretation: "As Tebow's popularity has increased, so has that of Jesus. And everytime we see a peak in Tebow's popularity, we also see a peak in the popularity of Jesus. In fact, since the onset of Tebowmania, the popularity of searches for Jesus on Google have increased by approximately 50 percent."

To test this theory, we did our own Google trends search over the past twelve months -- and the charts we wound up with aren't exactly mirror images of each other. Here's the one for Tebow....

Tim Tebow making Jesus more popular?

...and here's the Jesus chart.

Tim Tebow making Jesus more popular?

However, we at Westword have certainly done our bit to make the Business Insider hypothesis come true -- by featuring a record-setting number of Tebow-related Bible verses.

If that doesn't get us into heaven, nothing will.

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