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February 28, 2007

Leading Archaeologists Call Discovery Channel's 'Lost Tomb of Jesus' Claim A Publicity Stunt

As Judi McCleod writes at CFA, "It must be Lent. Not only has Canadian-born Titanic producer James Cameron found the tomb of Jesus Christ--backed up with what he claims is the DNA to prove it--but also his discovery was announced on Time Magazine's blog."

"It's a publicity stunt, and it will make these guys very rich, and it will upset millions of innocent people because they don't know enough to separate fact from fiction."

... "I'm not a Christian. I'm not a believer. I don't have a dog in this fight," ... I just think it's a shame the way this story is being hyped and manipulated." (William G. Dever, retired archaeologist at the University of Arizona)

And Dever's not alone in his opinion of The Discovery Channel's Lenten attempt to discredit Christianity:
Similar assessments came yesterday from two Israeli scholars, Amos Kloner, who originally excavated the tomb, and Joe Zias, former curator of archaeology at the Israeli Antiquities Authority. Kloner told the Jerusalem Post that the documentary is "nonsense." Zias described it in an e-mail to The Washington Post as a "hyped up film which is intellectually and scientifically dishonest."
Why is it that that these shoddy alleged exposes always air in the most sacred Christian seasons, like Lent? Last year during Lent, on April 2, 2006, "Dateline NBC" offered part of its show to alleged Jesus-debunker Michael Baigent, even as reporter Sara James declared: "Baigent acknowledges there's no proof of his theory, but points out that it was possible to survive crucifixion."

Related coverage: Raised the Titanic but sinking Jesus

Posted by Richard at February 28, 2007 12:50 PM

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