I guess I’m not going to live long enough for humanity to outgrow this kind of foolishness after all. Once every few years some scholar who should know better makes an absolutely ridiculous claim to have discovered some artifact from the biblical story that will vindicate Christian claims about Jesus.

Archaeologists working in Turkey believe they have found a piece of the cross that Jesus was crucified on.

While excavating the ancient Balatlar Church, a seventh-century building in Sinop, Turkey, on the shores of the Black Sea, they uncovered a stone chest that contained objects that may be directly connected with Jesus Christ.

Excavation head Professor Gülgün Köroğlu definitively stated:

We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross, and we think it was [part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified]. This stone chest is very important to us. It has a history and is the most important artifact we have unearthed so far.

Okay, here’s the thing. They found a fricking piece of wood that might be a cross. If it were a cross, that would not prove the cross is from Jesus’ time. If it were a cross from Jesus time, it still would not prove this is Jesus’ cross. Even if it were a piece of wood from Jesus cross, it still would say absolutely nothing about the truth of Jesus’ claims.

Jesus did not tell us to worship his cross but to take up a cross of our own. In other words to be willing to suffer for the world. Relic worship or belief is some theory of the atonement are completely beside the point. The essence of Christianity is not a belief in Jesus but in love.