This past Friday, Feb 2, Lynn Marzulli’s second round on Paracas skull DNA was revealed to a pay-per-view audience. The Groundhog Day timing was appropriate. We’ve seen this before.
I’d love to say “good job; thanks for doing the hard work on this.” But I can’t. This isn’t doing the hard work. It’s pretending to have experts, doing sloppy work, and steering an audience toward a pre-determined conclusion. It’s a bad testimony to the unbelieving world. Someone has to say it.
For the record (again), these skulls have nothing to do with nephilim and are nothing but human. They are well known and have been thoroughly researched. But believers won’t care. The veracity of the Bible does not depend on such academic chicanery. And that’s the problem. For outsiders looking in, this will be another conformation in how Christians not only don’t think well, but just aren’t interested in thinking well. It’s another reinforcement of the myth that faith and reason are incompatible, and that pre-determined conclusions can be considered honest when it comes to the Bible. Sorry, but the ends don’t justify the means when it comes to presenting Scripture and representing Jesus.
If you think I’m being harsh, read Jason Colavito’s summary of the event. It will tell you how thinking people are processing this sort of sideshow. So far as I know, Jason is not a Christian. With enough exposure to stuff like this, I can’t blame him for never wanting to be one. And he won’t be alone in that by a long stretch. My apologies to Jason and other serious people who may have little interest in the gospel, and who will have even less interest now. I wish I could instead introduce them to some of the hundreds of scientists and scholars I personally know with sterling academic reputations and long histories publishing under peer review who are serious (not “name only”) Christians. Some of them leading experts in fields relevant to DNA research. In other words, they’re exactly the sort of people Marzulli doesn’t want involved and could never convince to endorse his “research.” (Look at Jason’s description of Marzulli’s team). All I can do is apologize and wish that, at some point, you’ll be exposed to serious people who have thought long and hard about the questions that represent obstacles to faith in the minds and hearts of so many, and who have embraced the gospel on the other side of that journey. I hope the same for Marzulli’s audience.
I’ve blogged before about the problems in Marzulli’s first round of DNA testing. Specific examples from someone who actually does that sort of thing can be found here. It’s a long post, but has a lot of detail. It details the sampling and testing problems that researchers like Colavito presume (with good reason) were not addressed by the second round of testing.
Second time around. Groundhog Day. Maybe it’s God’s way of injecting some humor into this. It’s not working, Lord.
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24 June 1997
(C-SPAN, Washington, D.C.)
Text by C-SPAN:
“A news conference was held to discuss an Air Force report on a 1947 incident in Roswell, NM, in which the Air Force has been accused of finding a flying saucer and subsequently covering the story up. Col. Haynes said that the report will ‘leave no doubt’ that what was recovered at Roswell was debris from a top secret Air Force project trying to detect Soviet nuclear blasts and ballistic missile launches. A video was shown in conjunction with the report explaining the research project. Following the video, Col. Haynes answered questions from the press.”
Colonel John Haynes,U.S. Air Force
I’d speculate it’s a new advanced defense technology. my daughter described it later as a super long black rocket. we both agreed a several mile long rocket would be impossible, and since we literally only saw black, and dual smoke trails it’s be probably a jet or rocket with the newer skin that absorbs 100% of light, thereby making it invisible. i suspect the technology we saw would make it impossible to target a vehicle with the skin if the projection was miles long. the video needs to be zoomed in on to witness the enormous length of the ufo.
Was driving a transit bus to be delivered to los angeles and took a snapshot of the sunset about 70 miles east of kingman, az on interstate i-40 at about 7:15 pm local time [when i had posted it to my facebook account]
i did not notice anything at the time- only i noticed it today [2/4/2018] when someone commented on the photo asking specifically where it was taken.
I lived in murrieta ca for a year, and oftentimes relaxed on a patio swing with my 4 year-old niece, who loved watching and learning about the sometimes steady stream of aircraft whose flight paths were directly over the backyard, which had no trees, and no patio cover. the open sky view was excellent there, one of the only things i liked about being there. having been from a family of pilots, mechanics, and airplane fanatics, a favorite pastime was identifying whatever flew overhead. march a.F.B.Is about 30 miles north of the house, and there were plenty of flights coming out of there (mostly cargo planes; c-5, c-17, etc.) and this day was very clear that afforded an extraordinary view of the skies. the swing faced to the east, that way the afternoon sun was at our backs, and allowed those seated to lean our head back for a relaxed view straight over our heads. this day, i’d gone out and took a seat there with payton, and realized i left my camera on the kitchen table, which was just through the open french door about ten feet away but i decided i didn’t want to get back up for that. just as i assumed my head-back position, i spotted a c-17 straight overhead leaving contrail, which was typical. the c-17 is a darker shade of gray, and has a very distinct outline, easy to i.D. when it’s at cruising altitude. it took a moment to make sense of what i was seeing, which was a long, white, tube-like object trailing it at the same altitude. a little longer than the c-17, it clearly had no wings or tail section, and was not leaving a contrail like the jet. from my estimation knowing the size of the c-17, the object trailed it by nearly a quarter-mile and held just to the right or starboard side of the jet. as they flew in a southerly direction, the object eventually crossed through the contrail to the port side of the jet, as though staying out of the wash from the wings. after approximately 90 seconds, the object flew off at a slightly higher speed to the left of the jet and ascended quickly out of sight. i’d never heard of cigar-shaped objects, especially white in color so i mentioned it only to a few people, but later learned that it’s a relatively common shape and color. i was always open-minded enough to believe in the existence of other life in the universe, but like so many others, am too busy with life to spend a lot of time seeking them. i felt it couldn’t hurt to contribute this experience now, having had one other sighting very soon after that one but at night. sightings are very personal in that, it elevated me that day, it gave me reason to believe in all possibilities, and perhaps that’s all it was about but, considering the state of our country, knowing there’s an intelligence monitoring the ignorance that governs our governments, i sleep a little better each night.
Was at parent’s home asleep in my bedroom downstairs at basement level. was awoken @ 3:30am and abducted. was returned to my bed at 3:45am per my bed room clock. craft was triangular shaped very dark and black and only solid super bright white lights i saw. all the public info i will give at this time, thank you and god bless you all…
2 February 2018 (updated)
(CBS KLAS-TV LasVegasNOW.com, Las Vegas, Nevada)
George Knapp presents an interview with Luis Elizondo.
Elizondo, an intelligence official, ran the U.S. Department of Defense UFO programme, the Advanced Aerospace (or Aviation) Threat Identification Program (ran from 2007 to 2012). He is now the Director of Global Security & Special Programs for the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science.
If you haven’t listened to the 200th episode of the Naked Bible Podcast yet, you should. We talk to folks in three places (Middle East, Africa, Albania) about how Mike’s content has had an impact and is being used to help others learn more about Scripture. Have a listen!
Here’s a picture from a fourth location (someone not in the podcast). I usually reserve these for the newsletter (please subscribe – it’s free), but thought I’d post one.
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Laser scans reveal Maya “Megalopolis” below Guatemalan Jungle. Laser technology known as LiDAR digitally removes the forest canopy to reveal ancient ruins below, showing that Maya cities such as Tikal were much larger than ground-based research had suggested.
In what’s being hailed as a “major breakthrough” in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, defensive walls, ramparts, terraces, fortresses and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala.
Complex irrigation and terracing systems supported intensive agriculture capable of feeding masses of workers who dramatically reshaped the landscape.
At its peak in the Maya classic period (approximately A.D. 250–900), the civilization covered an area about twice the size of medieval England, but it was far more densely populated.