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Come let us reason together…

Posted by on January 4, 2011

“Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.”   — Titus Maccius Plautus.

Myth vs Faith: Theory or Fact?

Where faith is concerned, even the laws of nature cease to hold truth.  Logic and reasoning is abandoned for passion, conviction and compulsion.  Faith is a raw, willing, raging, eager emotional force to believe.   Logic and faith:  the yin yang of fact.  Unencumbered by literal and logical considerations, faith lingers somewhere between theory and knowledge.  Unbound faith lacks virtue and breeds suspicion.

Myth vs Faith: The struggle

The truth longs to be planted firmly in the soil of logic.  Knowledge, fortified by history begets wisdom.  Wisdom must be achieved for truth to prosper in any meaningful way.  Look!  Beyond the purview of science or religion.  History rises!

Science or Faith:  The creation…

“Then the LORD God formed the man (Adam) from the dust of the ground.     He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”  –Genesis 2:7

“I am going to create a human (Adam) from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud.  So when I have fashioned him and breathed into (Adam) his soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him.”   –Quran 38:71-72

“And God said, Let us make man (Adam) in our image, after our likeness: and let them (Adama or Adamu) have dominion over the …”  –Genesis 1:27

What’s intriguing here is God’s use of the pronouns “us” and “our”.  This implies plurality, more than one.  Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

“Belit-ili the womb-goddess is present, Let the womb-goddess create offspring (Adama), And let man (Adamu) bear the load of the gods!”   –Dalley 14: Atrahasis

Uncle “Hairy”…

The earth is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old.  It is generally accepted that the planet was way too hot for the first 4 billion years to support life of any kind.   The  very first instance of life on this planet can only be traced back to a little over 650 million years.  Man’s oldest “ancestor” (apes) appears for the first time about 25 million years ago.  It wasn’t until 14 million years ago that the first hominids appeared.  It took another 10 million years (3 million years ago) that the classification Homo appears in fossil records at all.

Notice how emergence intervals and species overlaps get shorter as we come forward in time.  Evolution on steroids?  Or intelligent interdiction?  Is Homo sapiens meteoric rise to dominance on this planet a case of nature?  Or nurture?

Homo sapiens   0.25 – the present

Homo neanderthalensis 0.4 – .03 million years ago
Homo heidelbergensis 0.8 – .30 million years ago
Homo antecessor 1.2 – .25 million years ago
Homo erectus 1.8 – .70 million years ago
Homo georgicus 1.9 – 1.6 million years ago
Homo habilis 2.4 – 1.4 million years ago

Evolution of Man

A million years ago Homo erectus ruled the planet.  Around 100,000 years ago Neanderthals were king.  Even though Homo sapiens have been around for more than 250,000 years we didn’t spring to dominance over the Neanderthals until roughly 35,000 years ago.  Around 30,000 years ago the Neanderthals just disappeared.  Natural Selection? Targeted extinction?

More recently, Homo sapiens developed cognitive thought, tools, language, writing and eventually symbolism.  We came in from the jungle and down from the trees after millions of years of evolution.  We created languages out of thin air.  We built civilizations and temples.  We raised armies, built pyramids and empires.  Swore fealty to kings and died by the billions in battle for it.  We built spacecraft and landed on the moon.

The Great Leap forward…

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1.5 to 2 MILLION PLUS YEARS AGO

For over 2 million years, there’s scant evidence that human creatures evolved much, if at all.  Indeed, if you were to compare the tools of Homo habilis to those of the Neanderthals you would find that they are virtually identical, even though they lived 2 million years apart.  Evolution is predicated on the theory that it takes hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of years for a mutation to occur, unfold and prove beneficial and be propagated to the next generation in a species.

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80,000 - 40,000 years ago

Homo sapiens shows up literally out of nowhere around 250,000 years ago. See (Missing Link). For 2 million years, the height of ingenuity for man was a  shaped stone, chipped down to allow a better, more comfortable grip.  In the last 100 years we (Homo sapiens) learned to fly.  In the last 50 years mankind landed on another planet.  Did mankind discover this knowledge on our own?  Or were we taught?

The Sumerian Tablets

Are the oldest known writings of Homo sapiens, man’s most ancient texts.  They relay a saga of flesh and blood, astronauts, gods and earthlings.  These ancient tablets are the oldest surviving written accounts of the origins of man.  All younger accounts are merely twice told tales.

“Fascinating….” –Spock

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