“Journalism” Crucified upon the Cross of Jesus

Archaeologists digging at an old church site in Turkey say they found a stone chest containing a relic that may be a part of the wood cross on which Jesus died. Archaeologist: Wood relic found in Turkey may be piece of Jesus’ cross – My response? Read the story. Then sit back and go… um… what? The cross of Jesus is long lost. It was nothing special and at the very start, would have be reused time and time again. Related articles Relics unearthed in Turkey may contain piece of Jesus’ cross ( Part of Jesus’ cross unearthed

Religion and Politics

Turkey is playing a game of chicken with Israel

The Turkish navy will significantly strengthen its presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as one of the steps the Turkish government has decided to take following the release of the UN Palmer report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla, Turkish officials told the Hurriyet Daily News. “The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying. (here) Wow… Should be interesting. The other day, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador. This is not good


Web censorship, Western Style

Interesting enough, the some of the this technology – especially that which was used in Egypt – was manufactured in the U.S.: For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice’s giants: Iran and China. Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees – including an increasing number of democracies. In recent weeks, Turkey, Tunisia, and Australia have


When Religion ends, will civilization?

For years, historians, archeologists, anthropologists and pretty much all of the other “ologists” have agreed that agriculture created civilization, including religion, as we have known it for the past 12,000 to 15,000 years. The assumption was that settling down to lives of farming, people built cities, created art and made up organized religions to suit the new needs they faced in the transition from hunter-gathers to farmers. Or not. New evidence suggests that it was not agriculture which created civilization, but religion. The June issue of National Geographic offers a brief and provocative story from a place in Turkey

Society and Religion

Turkey to conserve ancient Armenian cathedral

Shucks – it’s the least that the could do. Turkey has launched a project to conserve an ancient Armenian cathedral and a church in what is seen as a gesture of reconciliation toward neighboring Armenia. Turkey and Armenia have been locked in a bitter dispute for decades over the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey in the last years of the Ottoman Empire, and efforts to normalize relations have been dealt a setback by the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan is a close Muslim ally of Turkey’s government in Ankara. Turkey, however, says


Two ancient churches found

One in Turkey (ht), and the other in Israel. Turkey: Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay visited the ancient city of Laodicea on Sunday in Denizli province and was briefed by Professor Celal Şimşek, head of the excavation team. The professor said they have discovered the Laodicea Church, one of the seven mentioned in the Bible. Şimşek said the church from the fourth century A.D. was found by underground radar search, a system they have tried this year for the first time. “The major part of the church, which is built on an area of 2,000 square meters, has

Society and Religion

Noah’s Ark is a Myth (again)

From someone who should know… I was the archaeologist with the Chinese expedition in the summer of 2008 and was given photos of what they now are reporting to be the inside of the Ark. I and my partners invested $100,000 in this expedition (described below) which they have retained, despite their promise and our requests to return it, since it was not used for the expedition. The information given below is my opinion based on what I have seen and heard (from others who claim to have been eyewitnesses or know the exact details). To make a long