Monday 23 May 2016

Patterns of Evidence - The review of an Exodus "documentary"

The one thing that I frequently encounter as an atheist is theists that think I am inept at reading and understanding their specified sacred text. It is with ease that they chastise me and insult my intellect by implying that I don't understand simple sentence structures like " Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them". But, it gets worse! Once I have diligently explained their religious texts to these faithful servants I will no doubt get told to watch a movie or read a book that will help me understand. Many times I will read these books or watch these movies as I am an open minded person. The sad part is that nothing new or conclusive is ever presented, all these works contain is regurgitated debunked pseudo-scientific trash masquerading under the title of good information.

Now, let me give you a review of the movie that was meant to convince me that the Exodus story is true, welcome to "Patterns of Evidence" the simple review.

Simply put, there is only one question that needs answering to show that the entire "documentary" is tripe. For anything presented in the documentary to work, it is essential that David Rohl's New Chronology of the Ancient Near East be correct. I am not kidding, that is the critical point of this entire documentary. So, is the chronology valid?


The Chronology that David Rohl suggests does not fit with Carbon 13 dating that has been conducted and supports the conventional chronology.  For example, the conventional chronology says that the New Kingdom of Egypt started in 1550, but according to Rohl it needs to start in 1194. I say needs, as these dates are essential for the Exodus to fit into the time-line. So, what does the science say? According to the article published in Science referenced above "Our radiocarbon data indicate that the New Kingdom started between 1570 and 1544 B.C.E., and the reign of Djoser in the Old Kingdom started between 2691 and 2625 B.C.E.; both cases are earlier than some previous historical estimates." There you have it, the science does not fit with the time-line that is needed for the evidence presented in this "documentary" to work.

That is all that needs to be said about this sorry attempt to deceive people. Perhaps the writers Tim Mahoney and Steve Law are not aware of this information, but I have to wonder about this as I could find it within a few minutes. On the other hand, it could be argued that the movie was already filmed before this information was made public. However, that does not hold up to scrutiny as this information was published in 2010 and the movie was released in 2014. This would then imply that this "documentary" was in post production and editing for about 3.5 years.

Nothing more to be said, case closed.