How things work today and why it needs to change
There is a wide gulf between an academic pursuit for a biblical artefact utilising accepted scientific methodology, and the conventional biblical approach more reliant on faith based ideology. This has become manifest in a wide range of ways starting from published articles in academic and scientific journals, to religious oriented blogs and websites on the other hand. We shall shortly look at case studies.
Defining the problem
The academic and scientific approach is usually based on hypothesis leading to generally approved theories. For these findings to be adopted by their communities, protocol has to be followed that uses distinct terminology specifically used by their adherents. Religious communities can certainly include well read clergymen who strictly follow their own rigorous procedures, in a process not so dissimilar from scientific probes. However, when it comes to speculation related to biblical mysteries, the tendency to forego any process of logical deduction based on tried and tested techniques, has led to a wide chasm between secular and religious understandings.
If it was the case that only one branch of science or religious application could realistically help solve some of the more elusive mysteries, such as the missing Ark of the Covenant, then all well and good. But a sharp enquiring mind would soon realise that far more than secular education or religious faith is required to undertake a meaningful quest into such mysteries to anticipate any degree of potential success.