We need shows that claim to be about history to actually be historic and academic and stop pandering to the masses allegedly supposed to be educating.
The Lost World’s series is an interesting range of ancient to modern locations associated with historic figures.
We need to keep them in their actual historic context and not put a patina of validity to Christianity.
The King Herod episode begins the claim that we know Herod from the Bible.
true for people indoctrinated with it, not so true for the peoples of the regions in which these folks occurred
we know the ancients used propaganda and marketing, so we know to balance documents and documentation by any one culture against the other cultures they interacted with.
so, to start the episode with from the bible we know him, then slowly admit that Herod died before the alleged bith of Christ, kinda blows the whole Christ story apart.
Ditto with the Hittite Empire. We do not know them only from the reference in the Bible.
People in Modern Turkey are built on the remains of that Empire and there are Eyptian monuments with documentation about the Hittities and they left their own records, we just didn’t find them until rather recently.
there is a problem with the idea of the bible in one hand and a trowel in the other
just because some of the stories have real locations and real people
doesn’t make the supernatural elements true
anymore than comic books or other fiction
anthropology and archeology are what put religion into it’s culture context
not biology as a zero sum conversation where it’s science or religion.
religion is a cultural product of humans living in close quarters
just because some religions have outgrown their geographic birth places, doesn’t make them true.
religion is not able to predict or prove any claim
faith does not move mountains, but we know what it does to skyscrapers and to people
religion is a mental health issue
and I am starting to wonder
if autism isn’t an evolution away from that kind of capacity
to understand the world through our senses and expression
rather than be godbots or glandbots