To the Editor
Is it only me or has anyone else noticed that each Christmas and Easter the “education” channels, you know them, the ones who run programming touting aliens, Nostradamus, Stonehenge, the Mayan calendar, and every other mythical belief system, start showing programs which question the historical foundation of Christianity. I don’t mind critical questions; they have motivated my own inquiries about Christianity. What bothers me is the utter hypocrisy and, dare I say, dishonesty of those who present obscure speculation as fact while disparaging one of the best documented events in ancient history.
As I said, I don’t mind the criticism, critical questions guide and focus my own search for answers. What I have discovered may surprise some readers. Very little of the New Testament is questioned on historical grounds. Even when they reject the biblical interpretation of these events, most scholars think they are historically accurate.
There may be some excuse for questioning the miracles, although they are well supported by the testimony. However, that is not my complaint. What troubles me is a bias, or prejudice, which dresses itself as scholarly reserve but is, in fact, anti-Christian bigotry.
By the late 1800’s archaeologists in Judea and Turkey discovered the accounts in the New Testament accurately described the 1st Century Middle East. That within 100 years after the events described the area had changed enough that writing such detailed forgeries was effectively impossible.
Yet, more than a century after the archaeological evidence was published, and during which time more discoveries have confirmed the conclusion, we still have so-called “scholars” claiming the books were written hundreds of years after the fact. Either these “scholars” are deceiving their audience or they are deceiving themselves.
I might even excuse the television networks which broadcast this nonsense if they provided balanced reporting, but they do not. The same people who promote naïvely superstitious credulity for Stonehenge, aliens, or the Mayan calendar regularly propagate a naïvely incoherent skepticism of actual history.
There are literally thousands of documents and thousands of artifacts available to honest researchers. We do know, to a fair degree of accuracy, what has happened in the past. We have eye-witness testimony and official reports. And so-called educational television gives us superstitious nonsense mingled with conspiracy theory. That’s not education, that’s not even information; it’s propaganda.