Analyzing Websites- The California Institute for Ancient Studies

Posted On October 1, 2009

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      After examining the website http://www.specialtyinterests.net/hittites.html, it is hard to tell whether it is credible or not. The site never mentions an author, it only mentions The California Institute for Ancient Studies, which is the organization that runs the website. The website contains content written in both English and German. In addition, the people who made the website seem to be into Christianity because there are numerous articles about the stories in the Bible and other Christian ideaologies. Because of this website’s Christian and German origin, it could be a bit bias when discussing other religions or countries. The website does appear credible in that the information seems valid, but on the contrary it also does not seem credible do to the fact that the author is never mentioned, and it requires much more effort to find out more about the creators of the website.

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One Response to “Analyzing Websites- The California Institute for Ancient Studies”

  1. NEIL CAMERON

    QUITE MY IMPRESSION AS WELL.

    I STUMBLED ONTO THIS SITE A FEW DAYS AGO AND HAVE SINCE BEEN READING MY WAY THROUGH A NUMBER OF ITS QUITE LENGTHY ARTICLES. THEY DO HAVE QUITE A BIT OF USEFUL AND RATHER CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL INFORMATION. THIS TO MY MIND IS WHY IT IS USEFUL, BECAUSE IT IS CONSERVATIVE, IN THE BASIC MEANING OF THE TERM, THAT IT CONSERVES OR MAINTAINS SCRIPTURE IN ITS FULL AUTHORITY, RATHER THAN ATTEMPTING TO RATIONALIZE OR EXPLAIN WHY IT DOES NOT ACTUALLY MEAN WHAT IT SO CLEARLY SAYS.

    SOME OF THEIR SUGGESTED RECONSTRUCTIONS OF ANCIENT HISTORY DATES SEEM A BIT IMPLAUSIBLE ON FIRST READ, BUT PROBABLY ARE CORRECT, AT LEAST IN PART. THEY SEEM TO USE VELIKOVSKY AS THEIR BASIC BUT NOT SOLE AUTHORITY ON THE REWORKING OF THE CHRONOLOGY OF ANCIENT HISTORY. CERTAINLY MUCH OF THE DISBELIEF AMONG ARCHAEOLOGISTS OF THE STORY OF JOSEPH IN EGYPT, THE SOJOURN OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THERE FOR 400 YEARS, THE EXODUS, THE CROSSING OF THE RED SEA, THE KINGDOM / EMPIRE OF DAVID AND SOLOMON, ETC. IS DUE TO BASIC MISTAKES IN CORRECTLY ALIGNING EVENTS MENTIONED IN VARIOUS ANCIENT DOCUMENTS. THE CHRONOLOGY OF ANCIENT EGYPT IN PARTICULAR APPEARS TO HAVE NUMEROUS PROBLEMS THAT THROW ITS HISTORICAL DATES OFF BY ANYWHERE FROM ROUGHLY 300 TO 500 YEARS, WHICH MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO ALIGN EGYPTIAN HISTORY WITH THE HISTORY PRESENTED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. WHEN IT COMES TO BELIEVING THE MINIMALIST INTERPRETATIONS OF DISBELIEVING ARCHAEOLOGICAL “EXPERTS”, OR THE CLEAR STATEMENTS OF THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD, THIS SITE STANDS BY THE BIBLE AS THE GOLD STANDARD OF TRUTH, WHETHER OF HISTORY OR SPIRITUAL MATTERS, AS DO I.

    THIS SITE QUOTES ON OCCASION FROM THE WRITINGS OF ELLEN G WHITE, WHO, OF COURSE, IS WELL KNOWN AS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, AND WHO FURTHER IS THEIR MUCH-ESTEEMED PROPHETESS / MESSENGER. SINCE I HAVE A SIXTY YEAR HISTORY MYSELF OF INVOLVEMENT WITH ADVENTISM TO A GREATER OR LESSER DEGREE, IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT WHOEVER THE GUIDING SPIRIT BEHIND THIS SITE MAY BE THAT THEY ARE QUITE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY ADVENTISM.
    WHILE THERE ARE NUMEROUS SITES ON THE INTERNET THAT PROCLAIM THEMSELVES TO BE REFUTERS AND CORRECTORS OF ADVENTIST ERRORS, I FIND THESE SAME SITES REMARKABLE FOR THEIR GROSS IGNORANCE OF BOTH ADVENTISM AND SCRIPTURE. LET US REMEMBER THAT IN THE DAYS OF CHRIST THAT HE WAS STRONGLY OPPOSED BY THE RELIGIOUS AUTHORITIES OF THE TIME WHO REGARDED HIM AS TEACHING SERIOUS ERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD. IN ONE OF HIS COMMENTS ON THEIR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING HE SAID THAT THEY HAD A DOUBLE PROBLEM IN THAT THEY NEITHER UNDERSTOOD THE POWER OF GOD NOR THE SCRIPTURES.

    WHILE I DO NOT GIVE THIS SITE A BLANKET ENDORSEMENT, I DO FEEL THAT ITS ARTICLES ARE WELL WORTH TAKING THE TIME TO READ AND TO GIVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO. THEY APPEAR TO BE FAR MORE FREQUENTLY ON TARGET THAN OFF.

    NEIL CAMERON / 6443

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