Grail in Iceland?
Researchers in Iceland believe they know where to find the Holy Grail. Not surprisingly that would be Iceland. According to the on-line news source Iceland Review, Architect Thórarinn Thórarinsson believes he has the evidence to back up his claim.
As the story goes, the Knights Templar came to Iceland in 1217 looking for a hiding place for their legendary treasure, and that Snorri Sturluson, the author of Prose Edda and other mediaeval scripts, helped them create an underground dome in Iceland’s central highlands, in which their trove was hidden. Among the clues cited by Thórarinsson and his colleagues is a consistency between Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper and an aerial photo of the area. The researchers also believe that they have found clues in poems by Dante and in the work of renaissance painters other than Da Vinci.
Currently, attention is focused on an area by Skipholtskrókar near the Kjölur mountain pass where the treasure hunters think they will find a five-meter diameter underground dome. Thórarinsson has written a letter to the local authorities in Hrunamannahreppur, requesting permission for himself and Italian cryptographer Giancarlo Gianazza to search in the region.
DARWINISTS GET RELIGION
February 12 was the 199th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and did not pass without renewed efforts by his followers to reinforce his standing as a virtual saint. Ironically those efforts seem aimed mostly at enlisting support from religion, the putative enemy of Darwinism, at a time when new alternative notions proposing that life originated in intelligent design rather than natural selection seem to be gaining steam.
According to John West, a writer with the Seattle-based Discovery Institute which promotes the intelligent design theory, leading defenders of Darwin’s theories are trying to insert religion into biology classes “on the sly.” Top Darwinists are now campaigning, he says, to incorporate religion explicitly into classroom lessons on evolution.
Eugenie Scott, head of the pro-evolution National Center for Science Education, recommends having biology students read statements endorsing evolution by theologians. She further suggests assigning the students to interview ministers about their views on evolution—but not if the community is “conservative Christian,” because then the intended lesson that “Evolution is OK!” might be undermined.
According to biologist Kenneth Miller, science teachers around the nation are already using his book Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution to convince students that evolution and religious faith are compatible. Ironically, Miller served as an expert witness in the Dover, Pennsylvania intelligent design trial, testifying on behalf of those who wanted intelligent design banished from schools because they thought it was religion in disguise. But Miller apparently has no problem with the overt use of religion in the classroom to endorse evolution.
West questions whether such a campaign at taxpayer expense can be justified, given the outraged claims made by Darwinists that religion has no role in science education. If nothing else, though, the campaign serves to undermine the notion that—as we point out in the introduction to our new book Forbidden Science—Darwinism is something distinct from religion, when, in fact, it is a religion. Its adherents are in actuality staking out a metaphysical position—i.e., life originated through random processes alone with no intelligence involved—and holding to it by faith without proof (their dogma) and “are advancing a virtual religion of their own, albeit while claiming to reject the authority of any religion. The cult of Darwinism, it seems to us, has usurped the role of the priesthood which it has ostensibly overthrown, suggesting that it and only it can provide the answers the world is seeking. And, all the while, feigning an air of injured innocence when its integrity is questioned and its authority challenged.”
Ark Artifact from Ararat
According to the Qatari newspaper The Peninsula, a team of archaeologists, mountaineers, and geologists claim they have excavated an actual artifact from the original Noah’s ark. In January a Turkish-Hong Kong exploration team returned from an expedition to Mount Ararat in the region bordering Iran and Armenia with what they say is material evidence which proves the ark once rested on the spot.
The evidence is a one-meter-long piece of petrified wood found at an altitude of 4,500 meters, about 600 meters below the summit of the volcanic mountain. Unlike previously foiled expeditions, members of the Hong Kong-based Noah’s Ark ministries claim the find was made in the interior of an unusual cave where a section 11.5 meters by 2.6 meters of wooden texture was found following the removal of volcanic ash from the wall.
Disputing claims by some that the wood could have come from a naturally occurring tree in the area, Professor Oktay Belli, director, Eurasian Archaeology Institute, University of Istanbul, said researchers have proven that, because of the dryness and coldness of the climate, there has been no vegetation on Mount Ararat since 2000 B.C. The group has invited further scientific analysis of their find.
The book of Genesis says that after Noah’s flood the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat. Located in the Far Eastern Turkey, the mountain has been the scene of many purported ark sightings. The observation of vessel-shaped features in aerial photographs caused a stir in the late 1950s.