In the 1930’s the German Christians were sweeping across the landscape and many proper theologians and churchmen were standing silently by, waiting for someone somewhere to act. So Karl Barth did, composing the astonishingly meaningful (even today) Theological Declaration of Barmen. While the Lutherans slept, the Reformed wrote, and spoke out.
In a similar way Eric Cline and Bob Cargill have done the entirety of archaelogical and biblical scholarship a service for which all should be grateful in speaking up so clearly and swiftly when bogus claims were made last week.
Had they waited for ‘peer reviewers’ to wade through voluminous tomes refuting the claims of the dilettantes, the public at large would have already fallen victim to the falsehood and forgotten about it altogether, simply assuming, in their ignorance, that since no one said anything to the contrary, the ark hunters must have been correct.
So Eric’s tv appearances and his Time interview and Bob’s radio interview and summary of the facts of the ark episode on his blog were timely, necessary, and utterly desirable.
Hence, I want to go on record thanking the both of them for doing what needed to be done without sitting around waiting for someone else to do it. Eric and Bob (and Aren Maier too) spoke out while too many other archaeologists and biblical scholars busied themselves with slumber. So, thanks.