Dr. Andreas Kostenberger has some helpful lessons that the producers of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" should learn. They are:
1. First do the research, then make the movie.
2. Don’t just hire consultants who you know already agree with you; what’s the value of that?
3. Don’t rely uncritically on the work of others, even experts in the field, especially when your central thesis depends on it.
4. Avoid getting infatuated with your own theory so that you are no longer able to evaluate the evidence objectively.
5. Don’t be tempted to “follow the money”; follow the evidence instead. Be on a quest for truth, not fame or fortune.
6. Don’t circumvent the peer review process and address yourself directly to the public; your scholarly reputation will almost certainly suffer if you do.
7. Don’t persist in a state of denial when you’ve been proven wrong. Admit your mistake; everyone else already knows it anyway. Denying the obvious will only make you look even more ridiculous.
8. Don’t miss the subtle clues—a backwards “N,” a supposed “U” that looks a lot more like an “I”—even if it requires you to change your theory.
9. Be modest in stating your case. Don’t overreach.
10. Don’t use statistics or DNA evidence to pad a weak case.
11. Don’t confuse your theory with the facts.
12. Develop a healthy respect for the need for expertise in a certain area before making confident pronouncement of things you know little about.
As I mentioned here on the KarisBlog, I sat down with Tribune religion editor Annie Nelson and 3 other men to discuss the "Jesus Tomb" special aired on the Discovery Channel. The discussion came out in today's paper. Here's the article.
One frequent response of the Christian left to the recent "Lost Tomb of Jesus" special has been this: if we find Jesus' bones, then big deal! The apostle Paul, however, in 1 Corinthians 15:16-19 states that it is, indeed, a very big deal. He writes:
1 Corinthians 15:16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Dr. Mohler, in his blog, interacts with the words of New York Rabbi Marc Gellman who "gets it." Hey, left, let the Rabbi teach you. It is a big deal, if it's true. But it's not. Read more here.