This isn’t a proper post, but as there’s been a lot of interest around the recent TV series ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presented by Francesca Stavrakopoulou I thought I’d put you in the way of a good page from someone else’s blog.
I didn’t watch the series and from all the write-ups I don’t feel like I missed much – mainly the usual false dichotomy between ‘unthinking Christians with their blind faith in non-evidence-based nonsense’ versus ‘sceptical academics with their incisive reason destroying long-cherished religious notions’. Stifles yawn.
Anyway, ‘thinking’ Anglican minister Ian Paul has written some very interesting and considered responses to the series in his blog Psephizo and here’s his discussion of the third programme, ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ iii: planting ideas in Eden?. Enjoy.
Okay, persuaded by Terry I’ve now watched the whole of the third programme (see comment here) and part of the first. To be honest I’m a bit underwhelmed thus far, and I don’t really have much to add to Ian Paul’s fairly comprehensive response. I don’t take major issue with Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s research – she clearly knows her stuff – it’s just that I think she draws somewhat unwarranted and off-beam conclusions from fairly equivocal pieces of evidence.