The Folly of Dilettantism and the Unfortunate People Who Believe the Ignorant and Deceptive

via Oded Lipschits on FB

It occurs to me that just as this piece occurred in some ridiculous pseudo-news rag like the National Enquirer or the Star so too should lots of the stuff bandied around these days.  The Talpiot Tomb, the ‘James Ossuary’ and the ‘Jehoash Inscription’ all would find fitting homes on the pages of the Enquirer.  Which is, in some sense, exactly where they did in fact end up.

I used to feel sorry for the unfortunate people who believed the ignorant and the deceptive, but no longer.  It’s just too easy to check these things out and it’s just to easy to look up, locate, and inquire of an actual scholar concerning these matters.

The ignorant are without excuse.  They could discover the truth if they wanted to but their preference is ignorance and falsehood, so they continue to wear their aluminum foil hats and believe that all the world is out to cover up some secret truth which will prove false what sensible and informed people know to be the truth.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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1 Response to The Folly of Dilettantism and the Unfortunate People Who Believe the Ignorant and Deceptive

  1. CS says:

    Expect the Hollywood version next year: Indiana Jones and Goliath’s giant skull …

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