Bad Archaeology/Good Archaeology

28 Dec

First up Bad archaeology, which is the name of a real website constructed and operated by secularists who think that they get to determine what is good or bad archaeology

#1. Bad Archaeology

Bad Archaeology is the brainchild of a couple of archaeologists who are fed up with the distorted view of the past that passes for knowledge in popular culture. We are unhappy that books written by people with no knowledge of real archaeology dominate the shelves at respectable bookshops. We do not appreciate news programmes that talk about ley lines (for example) as if they are real.

This is the evidence for my statement above.  Archaeology can only be about what they consider to be archaeology; yet I have not heard of anyone important dying and leaving them in charge of this research field. Their idea of real archaeology is simply keeping people lost, blind and full of questions. It has nothing to do with finding and presenting the truth

This ought to be the first rule of “Biblical Archaeology”

“Biblical archaeology” is in “scare quotes” because it’s a highly problematical concept, but more of that later. What I want to address first is what ought to be a first principle for anyone reading about claims for discoveries that are supposedly related to the Bible (Hebrew or Christian) or any religious text, for that matter. It’s this:

If a discovery confirms your pre-held religious beliefs, then it’s wishful thinking at best and even more likely to be a fraud. (

In other words, you have to think like secularists to do archaeology and in doing so you will be as blind and lost as they are.  if you think like a secularist then you are not following God or what he wants you to do. You will not be following the HS to the truth but the unbeliever to no answers at all.

You will be as stumped for answers, confused about the past and learn nothing about God at all whereby your faith is dashed and you become a secularist. These archaeologists forget that secular archaeologists and scholars have pre-held ideas and use the discoveries of archaeology to firm up their unbelief or declare those ideas as true.

They are not accused of doing wishful thinking or fraud but applauded for their science. Sure there are people out there who will defraud others and the secular world is not free from such people. Evolutionists have approved of different frauds for 50 years at a time then when shown to be wrong, still hang onto those ideas as if they are a relevant and viable option in evolutionary science. Piltdown man comes to mind as a prime example.

All these archaeologists are saying is that they will operate by a double standard and what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. Having religious beliefs does not mean one automatically does archaeology or any science dishonestly or badly. It means that they will apply God’s principles of honesty, not lying, truthfulness etc., in their work so that all people can benefit from their work and get the answers they seek

The problems com in when the answers are not what the secularist is expecting or wanting. Thus they need to attack a field of research and trump up false charges against it or use the bad examples such as the last discoverers of the ark as evidence for their point.  They will not make the same allowances for believers as they do for people on their side of the fence when they are duped or create a hoax.

A great deal of what is presented to the public as “Biblical Archaeology” bears little relation to what other archaeologists recognise as archaeology. The spinning of data to push a particular and tendentious interpretation, the outright forgery of artefacts and the naïve belief that certain objects ought to survive to the present day are not characteristics of scientific archaeology but are typical of pseudoscience.

Yet these authors forget that their own people are spinning the data to push their own particular ideology or making tenuous interpretations about the past. It is not the biblical archaeologist who is claiming that evidence has remained untouched for millions of years, which is far more pseudo-science than what is claimed in that quote.

What that quote represents is those authors dislike for the information uncovered that supports the Bible instead of their alternative theory..   When we find the walls of Jericho exactly as the Bible has stated (Bryant Wood ABR) then we are not presenting evidence that ‘bears little relation’ to archaeology but showing that archaeology in action and that the Bible is true at the same time.

A great deal of what passes for “Biblical archaeology” consists of a search for sites and artefacts that ‘confirm’ what the Bible says; indeed, this was one of the inspirations behind the development of archaeological excavation.

Uhm…that is why it is called ‘biblical archaeology’. It is research searching for physical evidence to support the Bible. Need I remind those archaeologists that they are the ones crying for the physical evidence to prove our religious claims and when we set out to do and accomplish that objective the secularists cries foul.

They can’t have it both ways yet the secularists tries hard to do so.

Following the questioning attitudes to religious certainty inculcated by Enlightenment writers, the faithful wanted to demonstrate that their beliefs could not be shaken by rational inquiry but, rather, would be confirmed through it. Unfortunately, the reverse has tended to happen

What is ‘funny’ about that quote is the idea of the blind, the lost, the confused and the deceived calling themselves enlightened especially when they have a closed mind to all evidence and thinking that opposes their pet theories or ideas about the ancient past. The most irrational and illogical people I have ever met are those who declare that Christians, creationists and biblical archaeologists, etc., are irrational and illogical.

They are the ones who claim that an unrefined, unsophisticated and powerful force called plate tectonics could actually push up remains intact, undisturbed, with its original soil surrounding,  and so on, so far up to the surface that the anthropologist doesn’t have to dig more than a foot into the ground to unearth this supposedly pristine and uncorrupted artifact from ancient days gone by.

Then they have the audacity to exclaim that the biblical archaeologist who has dug down 10-100ft below the surface documenting all their finds correctly etc., and says their finds are from a scant few thousand years ago, as unrealistic, irrational and illogical.

Archaeology has not confirmed the glories of the Davidic kingdom, has failed to produce evidence for Noah’s flood, has not revealed the location of Jesus’s crucifixion, has not identified a Pharaoh of the Exodus. And it probably never will.

That is because it doesn’t have to nor does the believer have to use archaeology to believe what God has said in the Bible. The problem here is that the secularists think they get to make the rules for those who believe God and the Bible and for God himself. They forget that they are not in charge and that it is God who makes the rules about his word, biblical events  and his kingdom.

It is not God who humbles himself to the secular world demands, nor is the Christian to do so either. It is the unbeliever who has to humble themselves and do things God’s way.  God has said use faith so that is what we do. The demand for physical evidence comes from those who probably will not believe even after being shown the physical evidence they have demanded.

A great many of its practitioners start out from a particular religious viewpoint (usually orthodox Judaism or a Christian sect) and aim to find evidence that backs up their literalist interpretation of the sacred texts.

Well yeah. The secularist makes no apology for approaching archaeology from their particular unbelief so they should not demand that the believer give up their faith and beliefs when the secularist refuses to do so. All those archaeologists are doing here is saying archaeology can only be done our way and that is childish at best.

When we follow the HS to the truth, we are shown how to spot those religious claims that are fraudulent and presented by those who wish to con others. We have biblical guidelines to guide our steps to see the true and the false presentations and just because some people ignore those steps does not mean that the field of biblical archaeology is in error or needs to be removed from its place in science or any research field.

Very few people in secular archaeology or science are as honest as biblical archaeologists. The authors of that piece should clean the beams out of their own eyes first, then clean up the act of their side of archaeology before saying what should be done in biblical archaeology.

This seems to have been at least part of the motivation behind the forgery of the ‘James the Just ossuary’ and other dubious artefacts traced back to Oded Golan (the other being financial, of course).

Those authors should stop trying to manipulate the readers and followers of archaeology. The court decision was that the prosecution did not present anything that proved the James Ossuary was a fake. They cannot prove it was a forgery thus those authors need to stop speaking like they had.

Be honest for once and stop trying to badly influence others because you do not like the discovery.

Strong words. And perhaps a little over-the-top. But, as Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman show in The Bible unearthed: archaeology’s new vision of ancient Israel and the origin of its sacred texts (2001), archaeology paints a coherent picture of the development of the Jewish people that is completely at odds with the claims of the Bible

Again those authors are being dishonest and manipulating the viewpoints of their readers as archaeology is not painting a different picture about Israel’s history than the one the Bible states took place. Archaeology cannot do any such thing. What is painting this different picture is the unbelief, the assumptions, the conjectures, the hypothesizes, and so on of Finkelstein and Silberman.

In all the centuries archaeology has been conducted, not one discovery has yet shown the Bible to be in error nor proven one thing about the Bible false. Archaeology has proven the Hittites, the Assyrians, the Philistines and other biblical nations in the exact geographical spot and time frame as the Bible records.

Archaeology has proven the locations of many biblical towns and cities to be right where the Bible says. The same for the Patriarchs and their names. The list of evidence supporting the Bible grows longer each day while the evidence supporting Finkelstein’s and Silberman’s lower chronology is non-existent. Ancient evidence has to be manipulated to fit their theory.

No what attempts to prove the Bible wrong is not archaeology but all those unbelievers who disprove of believing archaeologists coming in and messing up their secular sandbox. The secularist thinks they own archaeology and the past thus they think they get to say what can or cannot be done. Well here is news for them–we do not need their permission, their rules, their ideas, their ways because we follow God not man.

No amount of fraud, wilful misinterpretation of data or quests to find the objects that will ‘prove’ a particular religious viewpoint will bring back the innocent and ignorant days when the Bible could be read as literally true.

This conclusion on the part of those authors is moot because what they described tasking place in biblical archaeology is rampant in secular archaeology. We need biblical archaeologists and archaeology to keep the secularists from lying to everyone. We need honest biblical archaeologists to present the truth in spite of the cries of opposition from those who do not want to believe God or see that the Bible is true.

Let’s not let the secularists win this one. We need the truth and the secularist is not about to present that to the world.

#2. Good Archaeology

Livescience’s list of the best archaeological discoveries of 2014.  I do not totally agree with their blurbs of course but you might find something of note or interesting to research further.

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