James Carroll has a very good perspective on this controversy in a column he wrote for The Boston Globe. The following is an excerpt from his column:
Read Carroll’s column by clicking here.A staple of pulp fiction is the archeological discovery that blows traditional Christian faith out of the water. The mummified corpse of Jesus will do, as will, say, some of kind DNA proof that he had children. It is as if the war between science and religion can be resolved (against religion, natch) by scientific breakthrough.
This conceit trivializes both belief and rationality, but it is based on one of the astounding developments of the modern era: the way in which age-old notions of religious faith have indeed been transformed by inventions of the mind - not only archeology, but also scientific historical criticism.
Today's believers, especially Christians, know more about the authentic origins of their faith than people who lived close to the time of those origins. The latest example of such challenging discovery hit The New York Times front page last week, under the headline "Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate On Messiah and Resurrection."
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tag: Archaeology, Gabriel’s Revelation, James Carroll