Gene Savoy discovered more than fourty lost cities in the jungles of South America, mostly in the mountains of Peru. They include the discovery of several Chachapoya cities. This should have been major news since many thought the Chachapoya were a myth, yet it has not attracted much attention. Why?
Gene Savoy did not have a degree in archeology and was not on the staff of a major university so his discoveries were largely ignored. If you asked one of the acedemic archeologists about his discoveries, they would reply with something like:
Anyone can find lost cities in Peru
Savoy is not an Archeologist so his discoveries don’t matter
The major reason though was that Gene Savoy was also Bishop Savoy, founder and head of the International Community of Christ. While they may not call themselves athiests, many scientists believe that religion and science must be kept seperate and anything a religious person, especially a religious leader, says is unscientific and can be ignored. This is unfortunate because many religious people are also scientific ans some churches, including the International Community of Christ are scientific.