ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Archaeology’s Double Standard

Updated on April 12, 2019
david tee profile image

Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

First a clarification

There are two things that need to be clarified before delving into the subject of this article. First, this double standard is found in all secular science’s research fields and not limited to archaeology.

Second, not all archaeologists and scientists practice this double standard. But there are enough of both to make this article necessary.

Objectivity is not the standard

I have read quite few of Dr. Dever’s books and sat through many of his lectures. Yet the things that he said in his work, Did God Have a Wife, stand out the most. I am going to quote two different statements he makes in that book to show the current secular archaeologist’s position on different discoveries

This is a book that, although it hopes to be true to the facts we know, does not attempt objectivity; for that is impossible and perhaps even undesirable

That statement is found on page ix of his introduction. Dr. Dever lets his readers know exactly where his content lies. The next statement comes from page 83 and deals with the exact same topic:

…And not since the death of 19th century positivism have any respectable historians been naïve enough to think that they could be entirely objective.

We have all heard how science is objective, yet as we can see from these words, no one really and truly believes any one is objective especially in the field of archaeology and the rest of science.

Objectivity is rarely displayed

When Eilat Mazar announced she had found a 10th century BC wall in Jerusalem some years back, the archaeological world took notice. Another famous archaeologist, Israel Finkelstein, visited her site to see with his own eyes what she had uncovered.

He wrote a paper for a Tel Aviv University Journal, which I have read, and made a case for his opposition to Dr. Mazar’s dating of the wall. Throughout the article Dr. Finkelstein’s bias was clear. He did not look at the wall or any artifacts with any sense of objectivity.

Objectivity is a tool that is wielded by the secular world only when it benefits them. Of course, Dr. Finkelstein could not really be objective or in support of Dr. Mazar’s discovery. If he was, he would be undermining his lower chronology that he uses to re-date many biblical events and down play the roles of Kings David & Solomon.

Objectivity is avoided when the secular scientist is confronted with evidence that shows that their theories and ideas are in error. Honesty is also a victim in these circumstances.

The Double Standard

We need to return to Dr. Dever’s book to illustrate the double standard that exists in archaeology as well as other scientific fields. You can find the following quote on page 71 and it says:

The perspective of all the biblical writers is a factor that limits their usefulness in another regard. It is no exaggeration to say that all the biblical literature…constitutes what is essentially propaganda. The writers make no pretense to objectivity.

What Dr. Dever reserves for himself and other secular archaeologists he doe snot grant to the biblical writers. He condemns them for doing the exact same thing he did in his book and other works. He refuses to be objective yet doe snot allow anyone else the same right.

He calls the biblical books propaganda but we can attach the same label to his words. He made no effort to look for the truth but boldly wrote his opinion and views. Then he did not care what anyone else thought or if he hit the truth. Only his opinion mattered.

This is not to mention how little he thinks of the biblical writers. His words ‘...limits their usefulness...’ gives his readers exactly his opinion of the content of the Bible. Because the biblical writers did not include a lot of modern scientific and archaeological methods and thought, he dismisses them as useless.

Can the Biblical authors be objective

I am not going to beat around the bush here and provide a long winded answer. Of course they could not be objective. They were in the employment of God, writing the truth down so all men could know what the truth was and is.

God was not creating theories, conjectures or trying to describe what he witnesses in scientific terms. He told his writers the truth and expected them to copy those words down. God then went on to preserve his word so that everyone had or has a chance to see it.

There is no room for objectivity when it comes to bringing God’s word to the people. There is also no room for objectivity in the church. The church is God’s representatives, his servants and the church should be telling everyone exactly what God said in the Bible.

It doesn’t matter if science or archaeology disagrees. The church is not to be objective but spread the truth to everyone. The truth is found in God’s word if people are honest enough to let the spirit of truth lead them to it.

The good and faithful servant

There is a passage in the Bible that talks about the good and faithful servant and also about a bad steward. The bad steward did not go about his master’s business honestly and was punished for it.

The good and faithful servant is one who is lead to the truth, accepts it, then brings it to others. He is not objective but honest and lets everyone know what God has said. Even when science and archaeology disagrees.

No matter what theories etc., that secular archaeologists and scientists come up with, if it disagrees with the Bible or claims the Bible is wrong, then it is not the Bible that is in error. It is the secular archaeologist and scientist that is making the mistake and erroneously telling people about something that did not happen.

The archaeological double standard seeks to silence the truth


© 2019 David Thiessen

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)