As the divinely inspired holy books of Judaism, Christianity and Islam tell us, that modern Man, homo sapiens-sapiens were created from the slime/dust of the earth by virtue of the omnipotence of a god. James Ussher, the Archbishop of Armagh (Church of Ireland), a 1700 century cleric, through diligent study of the chronologies of the bibles, fixed the date of this creative act on October 23, 4004 BC. Such was believed, as the absolute truth by Christianity and continues to this day by those so possessed.
"And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul." Douay-Rheims Bible
This is a little problematic, in that, numerous civilizations were alive and well, well before 4000 BCE. One such notable civilization, and there were many of such a pre-creation existence, was The Indus Valley Civilization, discovered in the 1920’s and dates to around 4600-4800 BCE.
This is all very nice, but it does not speak to the initial question. It does however; raise again, the credibility of deity adherence, adherence to the unreasonableness of a wish belief.
Let us consider for a moment that the creation myths are true and a god did create Man from the slime of the earth and that all of Mankind, from that point, is descendent from Adam and Eve. Eve, as indicated in Genesis, was an afterthought and was created to provide companionship, and other things for the male, Adam. A companion, who would in a short time, unbeknown to god, would lie and deceive his best creation, Adam.
• Genesis does not mention god’s other attempts to create Man. Attempts, perhaps, that failed do to faulty design or engineering or, perhaps, just experiments. It would seem that there were many such attempts, as Homo antecessor Homo cepranensis Homo erectus Homo ergaster Homo floresiensis, just to name a few.
"All people today are classified as Homo sapiens. Our species of humans first began to evolve nearly 200,000 years ago in association with technologies not unlike those of the early Neandertals. It is now clear that early Homo sapiens, or modern humans, did not come after the Neandertals but were their contemporaries." Early Modern Homo sapiens
“About 30,000 years ago, Homo sapiens migrating out of Africa began encountering Neanderthals, a lineage that had diverged from modern humans hundreds of thousands of years before. Despite their differences, Homo sapiens and Neanderthals mingled, and over time, produced children with genes from both lineages.” Science News
It is now believed that modern humans possess, about 20% of Neanderthal DNA, but not all humans. Humans that stayed in Africa, 30,000 to 40,000 years ago do show any evidence of any Neanderthal DNA in their descendants. Perhaps, god simply forgot to mention the previous slime creatures that he had forged. After all, he did create Eve not knowing that she would lie to Adam.
Where did the Neanderthals go? If a god did not create the Neanderthals, then who did, because they most certainly existed. Were they a failed design of a perfect being or simply a failed product of evolution?
The thing about the creation story is that it isn't tied to any particular level of understanding, or any level of archeological discovery. If one believes in the creation story it stands up to any, and all, discovery. It evolves to encompass any information we obtain concerning the evolution of life on this planet.
You'll need a smoking gun to snuff out belief. I'm not sure what that would entail. Maybe a dead body in tow with a name tatooed on it like God, Allah or Yahweh.
You are right in the smoking gun scenario and I doubt that would even suffice. The belief in a deity is a commitment to cause and such does not require evidence, fact or reason. The bibles are like the alphabet, of the 26 letters, all things can be said, but of itself, it says nothing.
Religion is going away and it is succumbing to the advancements of science and, too, as people see the atrocities committed by Islam in the name of a god and religion, disdain builds against all religion. This going away is problematic however, in that people will move toward authority and if government then, is the only authority is the threat of a totalitarian form of government real?
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