The Theory of Everything, Theology

Adam Weren’t No Damn Dirty Ape!

creation_of_adam1How much do we know about ancient history, and how do we know it?

Those who studied history in school might remember a list of names and dates they once had to memorize — the names of emperors and rulers of nations and empires. The context of history has always been established through the studies of individuals, those whose power and influence shaped the world and times in which they lived.

Up through the 1850s, ancient history was clearly delineated from the first humans all the way to present. We knew exactly where we came from and who got us there, from a progression of patriarchs and rulers stretching nearly 6,000 years, as passed down to us by the Egyptians, Hebrews, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and Western cultures —  detailing the proliferation of the human race from Mesopotamia and the origin of the world’s various nation-states.

And then came Darwin. Within a period of fifty years, the history books completely dismissed everything passed down to us from the previous millenia, and the ancient chronologies were completely disregarded.

The question is, how much do we really know from the physical remains of the ancient past? Can archeology definitively invalidate the historicity of the Biblical records? Does anthropology really prove the human race dates back hundreds of thousands of years? The evidence, as it is presented, is irrefutable and absolute fact, that we began in the trees of ancient Africa over millions of years ago. We have the bones to prove it. We have precise scientific dating techniques. The findings are objective and beyond dispute, proving the mythological nature of Biblical narrative.

And yet… according to Gallup in 2012, almost half of all Americans believe Adam and Eve were real people and human history doesn’t go back beyond 10,000 years:

a plurality of Americans—46 percent, to be exact—believe that God made human beings just as they are today sometime in the last 10,000 years. That number is up from 40 percent in 2011 (which was down from 46 percent in 2006).

The number of people who believe God guided the process of evolution over millions of years fell from 38 percent to 32 percent in the last year; during the same period, the number of people who believe God is a lie and humans came from damn dirty apes fell from 16 percent to 15 percent.

I find this quite surprising, especially considering the amount of ridicule one typically receives for professing such belief. I mean, everyone knows it’s all been proven 100% to be false, right? Our entire educational system is predicated on the established Darwinian paradigm, that we evolved from one-celled organisms over billions of years and are the result of natural selection and random chance. All the truly credible experts of recognized science agree in their rejection of the Biblical account. So how can so many people be so willfully ignorant and stupid???

adam and evolutionMaybe it’s not so open and shut as it would seem. No one wants to be perceived as ignorant and be dismissed as a “flat-earth” type of idiotic moron, so very few are willing to reject the status quo publicly. So the prognosticators of the prevailing paradigm assume, from what little resistance they detect, that the overwhelming majority agree with them. This is why, for instance, everyone who professes a belief in the traditional historical order is pretty much dismissed as the only one left in the world who still believes that way — though in truth, in America at least, they’re in plenty of company.

I suppose we would rather trace our history from person to person, rather than bone to bone. From dates and times we can identify with, such as 10,000 years of traceable lineages and civilizations, rather than the incomprehensible eons of millions and billions of years and damn dirty ape ancestors. Who knows?

Thanks for reading.

About Quackzalcoatl

Phoneticist, Palindrologist, and freelance Sharknadologist. Inventor. Ruler of 2-acre lakes and small streams.


11 thoughts on “Adam Weren’t No Damn Dirty Ape!

  1. I like to start recording human history from the first Paleolithic burials, then the stirrings of scientific man 15,000 years ago with the Thais Bone. Art, of course, predates these but we’ll never know what the first rhythm was, the first melody, the first line in the dirt. Pity.

    The US is a global aberration. When i first heard there were Americans who actually believed in Genesis i thought it was a joke. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

    Posted by john zande | 22 November, 2013, 8:49 pm
    • The thing about it is, we are saturated with the same amount of evolutionary teaching and Darwinian POV in America as the rest of the world. I know some states like Texas have tried to include ID in the curriculum, but that doesn’t really get much play. Publicly, just about everyone will nod and say they believe evolution and not the Bible, but privately and in church it’s an entirely different story, I guess.

      Posted by Quackzalcoatl | 22 November, 2013, 9:09 pm
      • They’re a superstitious lot down there in the South. Having religious “universities” doesn’t help either. A University should be a university. Period. Plus you have the serious problem of Conservative politicians playing religion on essentially quite daft people.

        Posted by john zande | 22 November, 2013, 9:16 pm
    • Something happened 12 to 15 thousand years ago to commence the Neolithic period. Perhaps increased communication skills and intellectual capacity connected to spiritual, rather than anatomical development.

      That there is a great deal of historical and scientific ignorance in America John, has long been confirmed by Jay Leno’s, “Jaywalking.”

      Posted by Marc | 23 November, 2013, 12:50 am
      • 🙂

        Indeed, 30km’s north of Göbekli Tepe (12 to 15,000 years old) is the first DNA evidence of domesticated wheat. Grains allowed circular nomadic bands to hang up their hats and settle in under a permanent sky… the first “free time” we ever experienced, and when humans have a little time on their hands astonishing things tend to happen.

        Posted by john zande | 23 November, 2013, 7:55 am
      • I’m keen to hear how “spiritual development” took place in a purely naturalistic world.

        Posted by clapham common tree | 23 November, 2013, 11:38 am
        • This is just my take on it Clapham, I believe that Adam and Eve were the first humans to receive a spirit from the Creator. What they did with the upgrade became the shared condition of all human beings alive at the time. We are all spiritually descended from Adam and Eve, even though most of us are not biologically descended from them.

          Had Adam and Eve not rebelled against the Creator, the paradise of Eden would have spread to all the world, and all human beings would have realized their capacity to be like the Creator by becoming immortal beings. Because of the rebellion against the Creator, a process of tough love followed.

          Because all human beings have a spirit, soul, and body, they remain alive in the spiritual realm after the death of the body. It is very likely that the correction and healing that takes place in the spiritual realm enables most people to look forward to the the general resurrection and the fulfillment of their God given potential in the age to come.

          Posted by Marc | 23 November, 2013, 12:16 pm
  2. Those are some crazy statistics! Amazing how so many Americans believe the Bible’s historical account as fact, yet seem to have no grasp on Jesus’ idea of forgiveness – considering that the USA has the highest percentage of population in jail in the world.

    Posted by jasonjshaw | 22 November, 2013, 9:29 pm
  3. I look back in time and wander. Wander in wonder. At night I log-on to the blogging world and surround myself in other wanderers in wonder. All wondering as we wonder what it all means. Where did it all begin. How do I fit.

    I blame the stars. We are not alone. And I start to key in some words. And soon words turn into ideas. And those ideas are shared. And one whose followers are great in thousands says it must be. And so it is. And forever more that wonder will no more wander. It will be. It is.

    Posted by paulfg | 24 November, 2013, 8:23 am

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