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Subject: Re: Wyatt Archaeological Research
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Miller) at InterNet
Date: 10/8/96 7:55 AM
Snake-oil scam is a description fitting of most of the "I Found Noah's Ark"
claimants I've read about to date. I'm not familiar with Wyatt's
presentation so cannot judge first-hand. But so far all such claims have
proven to be fraudulent--a result of seeking publicity and fame from a
naive Christian audience who dearly want to believe in any scraps of
evidence that confirms Biblical narratives. I've not formally studied
archeology, either, but try to keep up with various supposed discoveries
that support the Bible. Some do, but some do not.
Everyone, scientist or not, generally tends to find the evidence that they
hope to find. Hence, it is left up to the skeptics to challenge wishful
As a Christian, I think it would be 'nice' if Noah's ark were found, or the
Ark of the Covenant, or other major Jewish antiquities. But I doubt if
such an event would have much impact generally. Committed atheists would
still scoff, based on other untestable arguments. And committed Christian
believers should continue on in their faith even if fragments of Noah's Ark
are never positively identified.
Just some thoughts.
John M. Miller, Geophysical Institute, Univ Alaska Fairbanks
903 Koyukuk Drive, PO Box 757320, Fairbanks AK 99775-7320
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