One Born Again Every Minute
Archeologists said it was a fraud. Sculptures said it was a fraud. Why did people believe it was real? Because it was proof of the Bible. Therefore, anyone that spoke negatively about it was just a poopy head. Sound familiar?
It’s the Cardiff Giant!
Ah, yes, “In Biblical Days”, “In Days of Yore”, “In the Time of Legends”: phrases that make it possible to believe the unbelievable.
Paul Veyne wrote a great book called Did the Greeks Believe Their Myths? And he came to the conclusions that they did very much the same thing. They were very aware that the stories of Hercules and Perseus were fantastic in nature. But, since they happened during “heroic generations”, it was possible to believe that they really did occur even if the events would unbelievable in the present. Ah, cognitive disconnect. I think Terry Gilliam’s film Time Bandits did a fantastic job showing this concept. The bandits travel across many historic periods, but the last place they travel to is the Time of Legends in which giants and ogres exist. Great film.