12/30/2004: Perhaps I'm just perverse....
But it seems to me that if you need evidence, your faith is a bit deficient. From CNN's story about Israeli prosecutions of antiquities collectors and dealers for forgery, and concomittant warnings to museums to re-examine their biblical era antiquities:
Scholars said the forgers were exploiting the deep emotional need of Jews and Christians to find physical evidence to reinforce their faith. "This does not discredit the profession. It discredits unscrupulous dealers and collectors," said Eric Myers, an archaeology professor at Duke University in North Carolina.Then again, it must be hard to have an emotional commitment to a worldview that commits you to a version of "history" which not only has no evidence in favor of it, but which has distinct evidence against it (see, for example, the historically bogus nativity accounts of the gospels of Matthew and Luke, or the complete lack of evidence in official Egyptian records for the Hebrew captivity in Egypt). I understand that the Mormon church has been going through something similar, seeing as how the Book of Mormon makes claims about North American prehistory which is completely unsupportable by what we know in the field of North American archeology.
Len on 12.30.04 @ 09:21 AM CST