From ABC News:
A team of Texas archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Noah’s Ark in Iran’s Elburz mountain range.
The BASE Institute is a parachurch ministry, founded with the goal of uncovering physical evidence and ancient testimony that confirms the biblical record in all of its details. The goal of BASE Institute is twofold: (1) the encouragement of believers’ confidence in the Bible and excitement about the Bible; and (2) a witness to unbelievers concerning the historicity of the Bible as well as its reliability about spiritual issues, Jesus
Christ, and personal salvation.
Yup, real archaeological shakers and movers there…But what is their approach to science?
We recognize that scholarship does not have the final say on the Bible; rather,
the Bible has the final say on scholarship.
We live in a culture that has all but deified “science” and “scholars,” as though the Bible has taken a back seat to the assessments of the “experts.” While we recognize the limited value of qualified, objective scholarship – and draw on that discipline when appropriate – we always recognize the Bible’s ultimate pre-eminence over the
conclusions or consensus of scholars. According to the Bible, the Word of God is “alive and powerful” – the theories, conclusions, opinions, and publications of scholars are not. The Bible is the source of all truth – scholars, however, simply are not. The Word of God is often equated with the nature and character of God Himself – not many scholars would claim that for themselves. The Bible is inspired, inerrant, and authoritative – no scholar (though some sound as though they think they are) can make these claims. Again – we freely acknowledge the value of genuine scholarship that is submitted to the ultimate authority and scrutiny of the Bible. Scholarly study has lent a certain amount of light to the Scriptures; but it has also brought a huge amount of confusion, controversy and conflict to biblical issues. When this is the case, we believe the Bible stands as the final, clarifying, validating authority on the propositions of scholarship.
And so on through eight pages of drivel. No where on the site could I find anything relevant to the practice of archaeology such as; field experience, number of sites excavated, peer-reviewed journals contributed to, degrees in anthropology or archaeology. etc. In point of fact BASE is not an archaeological institute and it’s practicioners shopuld not be described as “archaeologists”. In fact they are biblical apologists with leanings towards all manner of pseudo-archaeology:
However, we need look only as far as the mystery is of ancient megalithic architecture, ancient astronomic records, ancient medical technology, and other unexplained feats of ancient humanity to see that discounting the potential of the ancients to accomplish and accurately write about great things is a huge mistake.
ABC News’ front page headlined the story “Archaeologists Believe They’ve Found Noah’s Ark” and then spends two pages credulously qouting everything the “christian archaeologists” say. Which makes one wonder what’s happened to journalistic standards at ABC…
Update: Abnormal Interests, Hot Cup of Joe and Darksyde have stories on it as well. Darksyde has a link to an an article and some video. Couple of things stand out.
According to Bonnema, in biblical times, Ararat was in the region which is today northern Iran.
Does that mean it moved later??
A Houston lab used by the Smithsonian tested the alleged ark. Bonnema says they found that it was petrified wood, and that fossilized sea animals were buried inside it.
I’d really like to know the name of this lab, maybe see the report. As it stands they seem to be relying on the power of the word “Smithsonian” to prove the point. It would make more sense if they claimed they had fossilized land animals, as it stands it sounds more like they found this guy’s ship:
All kidding aside, it sounds like they found fossil bearing strata and nothing more…
Second Update: Chris O’Brien at Northstate Science makes a convincing case that his find is the real ark…which, let the record show, is perfectly consistent with my theory that BASE found the ship of Davy Jones (the squid guy, not the former Monkey)…
But lest you think I’m not taking this seriously enough let’s compare.
The above is columnar basalt. Below is what BASE found.
(Note to BASE: Fair Use)
Is there a difference between the two other than that the first picture displays cross bedding while the second displays parallel bedding?
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