Friday, January 23, 2015

An Ethical Question

A story from CNN talks about the ethics of the methodology that is, in some cases used to recover ancient documents. The following quoted paragraph, I think, reveals something of the attitude of the authors involved:
It is possible that the earliest text of the Gospel of Mark has been discovered. But until the world is given access to the papyrus through its publication, there is no story here, except that ancient Egyptian mummy masks are being destroyed in the ongoing search for Christian relics.
This brings up a question to me, given the manner in which this concluding paragraph does itself conclude: Why is it being deemed unethical to seek confirmatory evidence of the Christian Scriptures and Gospel accounts, with no mention being made, in this conclusion, regarding all the other categories of documents so recovered?

Is this betraying a bias on the part of the authors?