DOBI, Turkey (BP)--Following are journal entries from two men in search of Noah's Ark.
CHUCK: After our battle with the rocky hillock, our drive is pretty peaceful. We arrive at the Durupinar site, named after a Turkish military captain who reported an unusual formation pointed out to him by a local shepherd. This is the site researched by Ron Wyatt and David Fasold, which the Turkish government formally identified as the resting place of Noah's Ark.
|Searching for evidence
Ron Wyatt and his Turkish assistants pose with the pieces of broken rock that, when assembled, seem to depict the story of Noah's Ark. Photo courtesy of Wyatt Archeological Research
Then, in 1983, Wyatt read an article about Apollo 15 astronaut and former moonwalker James Irwin, who was actively searching for the Ark. Wyatt met with Irwin and showed him what he had found. Irwin was impressed enough to invite Wyatt to travel with him on an Ararat expedition in August 1984.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Sixteen long months ground by while Ron Wyatt waited for another opportunity to return to Turkey. He still had no idea how he could get permission from the government to excavate what he knew in his heart were the remains of Noah's Ark.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It had been 17 long years since Ron Wyatt first had read about the 7,000-foot site "in the mountains of Ararat" that he believed might actually hold the remains of Noah's Ark. Now his children were older, he had some money put away, and for the first time he had two weeks of vacation.
|In the distance
Ararat rises in the distance beyond a neighborhood in Dobi, where members of the Turkish Mountaineering Federation met to prepare for the annual "Victory Climb" of the mountain. Photo by Chuck Hughes
Over more than 20 years, Wyatt made repeated trips to a site in eastern Turkey that he passionately believed held the Ark's remains. Trained in medicine -- not archeology or geology -- Wyatt continued to gather evidence, despite financial and governmental restrictions, and doggedly pursued a full scientific investigation of the site. Some disagree with his conclusions, but his measurements, soil samples, metal detector readings and radar scans should not simply be dismissed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Following is the outline of a sermon delivered by Charles Haddon Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Newington, England, on June 1, 1890.
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Whether it's the biblical account of Noah and the flood or the latest disaster movie, people are intrigued by "man versus nature" stories -- and when you add God into the mix, the stories can hold us spellbound.