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« The Skeleton in God's Closet? | Main | Who's Writing the Fiction Here? »

February 26, 2007

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Perhaps a debate can be arranged between Cameron and Robert Price. That would be amusing.

Funny how those who claim not to believe can spend so much time and effort trashing against a God they say does not exist. If it could help them get rid of their guilt, they would promptly stop. If they did it out of love for their fellow man they would find him a way to truly cope with his own guilt but they only manage to give lessons in shadow boxing.

Let's make a fine distinction here. If Cameron's claims could be proven it would not contradict the Resurrection, it would contradict the Ascension. Resurrection is the revivication of a dead person in body and mind. The Ascension would assert that we never could find Jesus’ body because it ascended into heaven before he left it a second time. After all, I don’t think anyone would have their faith challenged by someone finding Lazarus’ body. Lazarus must have eventually died or he would still be running around.

Will Christians be given a fair go in the Media?

James Tabor is the same character at the center of the claim that an “Essene latrine” has been found near the site of Khirbet Qumran, where so-called traditional Qumranologists (including, it would appear, Tabor himself) continue to insist, in the face of mounting contrary evidence, that a sect of Essenes lived. Tabor is also involved in the current series of outrageously biased and misleading exhibits of the Dead Sea Scrolls traveling around the country.

For details, see http://jesus-crypt-fraud.blogspot.com/ and the other postings published by the authors of that blog.

Professor Jim Davila’s blog (March 6, 2007) http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/ quotes Tabor as asserting to him in an email: “I have never excavated even one tomb, and I am not even an archaeologist and have never claimed to be such.” Yet Tabor himself, in an article published in the Charlotte Observer, excerpted on the same paleojudaica blog a year ago (February 13, 2006), wrote: “As an archaeologist, I have long observed and experienced the thrill that ancient discoveries cause in all of us. The look on the faces of my students as we uncover ancient ruins from the time of Jesus, or explore one of the caves where the scrolls were found, is unmistakable.”

Tabor's Ph.D. was awarded to him by the University of Chicago’s Department of New Testament and Christian Literature. (This department is housed in the University of Chicago’s Divinity School building, but it does give academic degrees and its teaching staff are culled from different departments of the University.) The title of his dissertation was “Things Unalterable: Paul’s Ascent to Paradise”. He clearly has no training as an archaeologist or historian, and we are only left to wonder at the motivations that led him to become involved in these phony scams.

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