While I am leaning toward what James said, i would like to address the statement:
So it’s not about the truth then…it’s all about money…as I feared.
(Excuse not using the quote function, on my iPad where it doesn’t work)
It is very often about the money. All research costs and grants are given for projects with promise. Someone has to finance those projects, and if the big creationist group offered grants to look at this, you can bet there would be applicants for those grants. But those grants are not offered. Why? Surely no one is afraid of what the results would show? Many organizations are closed to debate and examination of their ideas, because they fear loss of donations and funding if proven wrong. I think that is one of the great strengths of Biologos and this forum, as there is an openness to discussion and examination in the iron sharpens iron tradition, feeling that truth will prevail.
Who benefits from the ongoing indeterminate status of these stone? Obviously, the locals who make the souvenir stones, the websites and organizations that get donations and ad money for stoking the fires, the tourist industry, the book sales etc.