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So, the point of this is?If he is, he's an honest one, as he was quick to qualify the findings with a reminder that there's no *scientific* evidence for Tall el-Hammam actually being Sodom. He's a retired Earth Scientist, Professor Emeritus at UCSB in the University of California system. He's from New Zealand has no formal theological qualifications to indicate he is a Christian. He may be religious, but if I were guessing, I'd say no. Almost certainly no fundamentalist, even if he is religious.
Even if it turns out that Tall el-Hammam is Sodom and it was in fact destroyed by a cosmic airburst, is this meant to somehow confirm the existence of a deity?
After all we've had the Tunguska incident in 1908 in which a fireball in the sky was followed by explosions and a large swath of Siberian forest was found leveled. The explosion is generally attributed to the air burst of a stony meteoroid about 50–60 metres (160–200 feet) in size. Or the Chelyabinsk meteor which was a small asteroid that broke up over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15, 2013. The blast was stronger than a nuclear explosion, triggering detections from monitoring stations as far away as Antarctica.
And of course Luis Walter Alvarez and his geologist son Walter published a theory that a historic layer of iridium-rich clay was caused by a large asteroid colliding with Earth 66 million years ago at a site known as the Chicxulub crater which is centred on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and caused around 75% of Earth's animals, including dinosaurs, to suddenly die out. It was initially controversial, but it is now the most widely accepted theory for the mass extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era.