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July 23, 2003

The Authorities vs. the Believers

When his team confronted the patriarch, the prelate said to them: "Here you are, six historians and archaeologists, and you probably never go to church. I could get something like 100,000 pilgrims to sign a petition to support it. You're going to tell me that I'm wrong?'"

"To those of us who have no faith, it's just a chance to see the curiosity of human behavior," Grabar said. "But to people who believe, we're not talking about fun and games."

Archaeology and faith are not mutually contradictory no matter the unswerving orthodoxy which is academic atheism. But this ABC article does a good job high-lighting the major flashpoints of archaeology and politics.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 23, 2003 12:51 AM