Dr. Randall Price, a professor at Liberty University and a former member of the Chinese-led team that announced this week’s finding, says the latest purported finding may not withstand closer scrutiny.
He says: If the world wants to think this is a wonderful discovery, that’s fine. My problem is that, in the end, proper analysis may show this to be a hoax and negatively reflect how gullible Christians can be .
Price, who was on the Chinese led team in 2008 when the discovery was first made says he has difficulties with a number of issues related to the evidence at hand.
A news article reports:
Price declined to elaborate. However, a leaked email from Price, which he confirms that he wrote, shows that he has reason to believe that a group of local Kurdish men trucked wood up to the mountain and staged an elaborate hoax for the Chinese team.
A group of Kurdish workers are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film.
John Morris, son of Henry Morris, the founder of the Institute for Creation Research and the father of modern "scientific" creationism, is also dubious about the find. He says that a lot of additional research is required. But in the final analysis, according to Morris, it doesn't matter whether the ark or any other evidence confirming the Bible is found because Christians believe out of faith, not evidence .