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David C. Read
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I just finished listening to the audio version of this book. Cornuke has climbed Turkey's Mt. Ararat numerous times, but finally decided that the biblical "mountains of Ararat" were more likely to be in present-day Iran.
Admittedly, Cornuke's adventure stories are often interesting, but the whole premise of his search is flawed. There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that Noah's ark still exists; no biblical prophecy that the ark will ever be found. Think about it. Doesn't it make more sense that the ark would have been recycled to other uses by the post-diluvian settlers? Wouldn't there have been a shortage of worked lumber after the flood, making the ark's wood extremely useful to the flood's eight human survivors? If the ark was still on Turkey's Mt. Ararat (Agri Dagi), wouldn't one of the numerous expeditions have found it by now? The mountain seems pretty-well searched at this point. (To his credit, Cornuke eventually realized that the Ark wasn't necessarily on Turkey's Mt. Ararat, and expanded his search to Iran.)
I have no reason to doubt Cornuke's Christian bona fides, but, frankly, the end of this book was off-putting to me. Cornuke writes as though the rock formation he found in Iran on Mt. Suleiman is certainly what Ed Davis saw and thought was the ark back in WWII, but, of course, Cornuke cannot possibly prove that.
He also writes as though the rock formation on Mt. Suleiman is probably petrified wood. Now, a couple of years ago I saw his photos, posted on the Internet, and the rocks have features that bear a superficial resemblance to wook grain, but there are other geological explanations for that, such as as "foliation" caused by folding and metamorphism. Moreover, unlike Mt. Ararat, Mt. Suleiman is not a volcanic mountain that would produce the chemicals necessary to petrify wood, so it would be anomalous to find petrified wood there. The only way to tell for certain is to examine the speciman under a microscope to look for cell structures that will be present in petrified wood, but not in plain rock. So all Cornuke needed to do was to brink back a sample of the rock. But he didn't do it.
He didn't do it, he claims, because he feared being arrested. But this claim is truly remarkable, because the previous 200 pages of the book describe Cornuke's countless illegal actions. Most of his expeditions were without official permits; he spent literally thousands of dollars bribing the Turkish Military and the Kurdish PKK guerillas who control the higher altitude areas around Ararat. He walked around with $30,000.00 in cash under the insoles of his boots, for purposes of doling out bribes. Even in Iran, he went to places that he did not have permission to go, and hiked up mountains he didn't have permission to climb. Now, at the end, when he claims to have found the petrified wood of Noah's Ark, he expects us to believe he would not bring out a piece of rock for fear of getting arrested? Come on.
I'm afraid that, deep down, Cornuke knew he didn't find anything remotely like Noah's Ark, and that bringing back specimens would prove beyond any doubt that all he found was an interesting rock outcrop. And I think Cornuke wanted to keep alive the notion that he found Noah's Ark, for purposes of selling his books, raising money for his BASE institute, making the lecture circuit, etc. This is tawdry, and doesn't reach the high standard to which Christians are called.