Their priorities couldn’t be stated any more clearly.
It’s amazing how the same thing can look completely different when viewed from a different perspective.
Take archaeological evidence for the Bible for example.
For 2-3 million people, even undocumented ones, to suddenly leave a kingdom of roughly the same population leaving no trace of their four-century-long sojourn in that place strains credibility. It was written by Ruth Eglash, a Jerusalem based reporter who it turns out is married to the president of a marketing firm that caters to the tourism industry of Jerusalem as a major part of its income.
Her objectivity in matters pertaining to events in Jerusalem has been called into question before because of this very conflict of interest, but I doubt that will matter much to Metaxas.
Popular and media interest in rumor and gossip never seems to wane, but psychological research on rumor has been cyclical and that on gossip has, until recently, been dormant (Foster, 2004).
World War II saw a burst of interest in the psychology of rumor and rumor control. Allport and Leo Postman (1947), the impetus for which was their concern about the damage to morale and national safety caused by menacing rumors spreading needless alarm and raising extravagant hopes (p. There was some formative research in the following decade (e.g., Back, Festinger, Kelley, Schachter, & Thibaut, 1950; hachter & Burdick, 1955) and then a period of quiescence.
Another cycle of interest is evident in the late-1960s and 1970s, starting with the publication of sociologist Tamotsu Shibutani's (1966) book, the Kerner et al.
(1968) report on civil disorders, and Milgram and Toch's (1969) essay on collective behavior, followed by other books written from a sociological or psychological perspective (Morin, 1971; Knopf, 1975; Rosnow & Fine, 1976).
One product he is currently promoting is a new documentary released just this week in select theaters.