Does the claim ‘archaeology prove the bible true’ have merit? Well yes and no. Why the equivocation? Because often those who make the claim ‘archaeology proves the bible true’ fail to distinguish between their understanding of the bible and what the bible says. They might as well say ‘archaeology proves my understanding is true’. Archaeology categorically undermines the creationist claims about the bible. The writers of this blog don’t question the inspiration of the bible. But we certainly reject the exaltation of one reading of the bible to be as certain as scripture itself. Continue reading
Literalists deny evolutionary science is a thing. They don’t realise there is far more than this one branch of science stacked against them. Genetics is not as simple as peas in a pod, but even a basic understanding rules out Adam and Eve as the universal ancestors. It’s all to do with gene variations (called alleles), which we get at most two copies of one from Mum and one from Dad (sometimes the two are the same). Dennis Venema has provided a readily accessible explanation of why genetic variation cannot work with the literalist story. Continue reading
The sequencing of the human genome provided an enormous new volume of evidence for common ancestry. Sequencing of other species has strengthened the case. Most remarkably we have now sequenced Neanderthals and Denisovans DNA. Non Africans today have 1-2% Neanderthal DNA, the variation in spread of this DNA itself is evidential. Furthermore this DNA has direct positive and negative health consequences. Fascinating. And impossible to reconcile with a traditional literal reading of Gen 1-3. We can ignore it, get angry about it (& those who point this out) or deal with it. Below is an article detailing the situation as at May 2016. Continue reading
Lead archaeologist Peter Veth excavating a rich layer of dietary remains and artefacts below the surface of Boodie Cave
This comprehensive article provides yet more painful evidence of the need to revisit the literalist assumptions about Gen 1-3. C14 dating plus luminescence dating cross checked in multiple laboratories demonstrates a site in use in Australia from 43,000 years ago until just 6,800 years ago. The article also references many other studies and articles on ancient Australian aboriginal sites.
This cannot be reconciled to the narrow reading of Gen 1-3. It is not a conspiracy. Its not evolution. Its physics, genetics, archaeology and geology. Sorry.
Evolution is irrelevant – what is critical is the theological implications arising from it. However the science of evolution is not the only problem for literalists. Archaeology is usually welcomed by our community as providing evidence for Biblical accounts of history, from the existence of Babylon to the details of Jericho’s construction. However archaeology provides ample evidence that many people have existed continuously over tens of thousands of years. Continue reading
The practice of modern medicine in first world countries unfortunately disproves the literalist’s approach to Genesis 1-3. This is true in a number of spaces (including obviously DNA, the number of blood types being greater than could have mutated from 2 people 6,000 years ago etc) however let’s pick one. Organ donation. An amazing life saving innovation. Successful organ transplants require strong anti-rejection drugs because the body recognises the implanted organ as foreign. This demonstrates the literalist approach to Gen 1-3 is wrong. Continue reading
The explosion of knowledge resulting from our ability to now investigate DNA has provided a wealth of evidence – all of which points away from the literalist’s reading of Genesis 1-3. From the pedestrian DNA chain of humans, the distribution of genetic diversity – even your ability to tolerate milk all demonstrate God has worked in more mysterious ways than we thought. Continue reading