Author: MikeHeiser

Gobekli Tepe: Stop the Madness, Please

Boy, am I tired of hearing about Gobekli Tepe. Pardon the pun, but it’s become a monument to those who cannot distinguish speculation from data. The truth is that no one really knows what the site was for, who built, or why it was built. No one knows the meaning of the iconography. This is getting to be the new Atlantis — take a few lines from Plato and erect a multi-volume “history” of Atlantis, complete with dissertation-length treatises on its culture, religion, architecture, science, etc. Absolute fabrication passed off as “ancient knowledge.” Enough already. Here’s some reading material written by people who understand that having an idea in one’s head doesn’t make that idea reality: Jason Colavito, Robert Schoch’s Wacky Easter Island-Gobekli Tepe Theory: The Hypocrisy of Alternative Dating This one illustrates how, when Christians get on the bandwagon of awful research (and dishonesty) it destroys good will and credibility (see the second-to-last paragraph): Pseudoarchaeology site: Gobekli Tepe...

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More Giant Skeleton Hoaxing

I received an email recently asking me whether the following story was real or not: Smithsonian Admits to Destruction of Thousands of Giant Human Skeletons in Early 1900’s This is actually an old hoax. It apparently originated via the World News Daily Report, a satirical, tabloid site. You can read the unraveling of the hoax here. And please pay special attention to this familiar picture of an alleged giant human femur:                                 The picture is from the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum. As the True Free Thinker article linked above notes, Joe Taylor, the museum’s curator, has explained the femur as follows: “I sculpted a femur 47-1/2 (120 cm) based on a report in a newsletter where it was reported on by the construction engineer who found it and other skeletons the same height. I was commissioned to sculpt the femur so a college professor could show his students how large it was…In every instance, I have told others that it is JUST A SCULPTURE. The real bone was not available … All museums have casts of specimens as well as real bones. Some have sculptures based on reports only, as this one.” The real bone was not available. Of course. Nothing to validate the claim. Nothing....

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Paul’s Use of Genesis 15:5 in Romans 4:18 in Light of Early Jewish Deification Traditions: Part 6: Origen’s Commentary on Romans 4 and the Reception of the Qualitative Interpretation

This is the final installment of David Burnett’s guest series.   This reading of Genesis 15:5 may appear novel yet it has an ancient antecedent in one of the earliest commentaries on Romans. Origen believed that in Romans 4, Paul did in fact understand the Abrahamic promise of Genesis 15:5 to become as the stars qualitatively. In his Commentary on Romans 4.6.4, he states: “Thus Abraham ‘against hope believed in hope that he would become the father of many nations,’ (Rom 4:18) which in the future would be like the stars of heaven, not only in terms of the...

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