November 18, 2008

NOVA: "The Bible's Buried Secrets" Airs Tonight

Don't forget, tonight's episode of NOVA is the long-anticipated "The Bible's Buried Secrets":

In this landmark two-hour special, NOVA takes viewers on a fascinating scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues today. The film presents the latest archeological scholarship from the Holy Land to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.

This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies: Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one God—the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—emerge?

"'The Bible's Buried Secrets' is both a scientific detective story and dramatic adventure that digs deeply into the Bible and the history of the ancient Israelites through the archeological artifacts they left behind," said Paula S. Apsell, NOVA Senior Executive Producer...


Readers may recall that this program has the American Family Association foaming at the mouth. In July, Don Wildmon declared jihad against PBS over it, urging his clusterflock to contact their congressional representation in protest and use this particular program as an example of why PBS should no longer receive public funding. The fundienutters are upset, you see, that the program uses scientific methods and reasoning in making the outrageous claims (if you're a fundamentalist religious true-believer with your head lodged firmly up your Dark Ages) that the Bible was written by numerous authors, that the stories are the continuations of pre-existing myths, that monotheism didn't spring into existence at the beginning of time, etc.

All of which is very good reason to watch the show and send a contribution to PBS in support of an effort to investigate reality instead of simply furthering superstition.

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