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!

The Cardiff Giant, a statue carved out of gypsum and set up in a tent for people to see (at 25ยข a head), was often touted as proof that people “in Biblical Days” could get as large as Goliath.

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.

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6 Comments on “One Born Again Every Minute”


  1. When I was about 9 or 10 I went to Cooperstown NY on a class trip. Seeing the Cardiff Giant was more interesting to me than the Hall of Fame. But even at that age it looked suspiciously like a statue to me.

    Some theists will believe most anything as long as it helps reinforce their blind beliefs. They lack skepticism for religious artifacts but have nothing but skepticism for reality and science.

    Pieces of the “original cross” are as common as toothpicks all over Europe. Jesus’ foreskin is on display in a cathedral (the last remaining one out of many). How long before they accept that the shroud of turin is a medieval fake? How many more tests and corroborating pices of evidence do they require?

    It’s a defect of the mind, self induced.


    • Cool. I would like to see it one day. I have a soft spot in my heart for great frauds and tacky tourist attractions. We made a road trip of the eccentric attractions of Minnesota and Wisconsin last year. We’ll have to venture down south next time.


  2. Uh…besides a plate full of lutefisk and Garrison Keillor (two slimey and distatsteful dishes which may in fact be one in the same), I had no idea MN HAD any attractions, eccentric or otherwise ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Well, everything in MN is eccentric, by definition. But, we are home to the largest ball of twine in the world, an honor we take very seriously. There is no end to what bored farmers do over a long winter.

      WI has the House on the Rock, though, which is one of my favorites.


  3. Ah!! I stand corrected. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. […] A desire to believe in giants despite the lack of evidence lead to one of my favorite frauds of all time: the Cardiff Giant […]


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