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Before sin Adam was?

“La mortalité est sa condition, mais sa mort est cependant conditionnelle” Humbert [1]

Sometimes the French say it best?

[1] Van Ee, J. J. (2013). Death and the Garden : : An Examination of Original Immortality, Vegetarianism, and Animal Peace in the Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia.

Rewriting the chronology of Genesis 5

So some evangelicals are now claiming the Gen 5 is missing some years. Based on the LXX and Samaritan Pentateuch they place Adam at 5500bc. Smokes the 7000 year plan but means a few less archaeological problems can be ignored. Wonder if this will eventually leach into our community…

The oldest wooden artefacts found

Shigir Idol in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum

A 12,500 year old wooden installation – probably an idol? – was found in Russia in the 1890s and made the news when more dating work was recently published. While we have some amazing examples of rock art, perishable material rarely survived. In this instance we were lucky – our ancestor’s work was preserved by peat bog. Clearly humans have long had an interest in artistic endeavour.

Bingo anyone?

So once again a useful oneway rant against evilushunists. This time it’s a online UK youth conference “Challenges to Faith”. 8pm GMT on 12 March Ron Cowie will be away on “Theistic Evolution”. To make use of the time we have prepared a Baloney Bingo card for you all – just print and complete. Keep calm and bingo on!

We will be commenting on the Facebook page throughout the event. Join us if you want to win bingo. We can’t promise prizes other than maximum respect 🙂

How’s the flock now?

This week marks 5 years since the Christadelphian Magazine published the news that Jonno Burke had been disfellowshipped in Taiwan. The Lampstand Magazine editor combined with leaders from the Australian Christadelphian Bible Mission “assisted” the Taiwan congregation banish their local leader (and his wife without cause). Mission money was then poured into Taiwan with numerous visits and Bible schools/weeks. 5 years later? How many of the local members from the time are still in the meeting? Smite the shepherd and the sheep perish. The true judge told us to check the fruit of those who take the lead. These Australian ‘saviours’ destroyed a congregation and wasted mission money to try and disguise the damage. Good work attacking those you think are tares and sacrificing others in your crusade. Just what Jesus wants.

9,000 year old settlement near Jerusalem

(Image credit: Eyal Marco/Israel Antiquities Authority)

5km from Jerusalem at Motza sits a 9,000 year old Neolithic archaeological site. Three millennia before literal creationists place Adam and Eve we have a city of 3,000 people with evidence of trade with people in Turkey, specialised sheep farming and agriculture. Additional artifacts demonstrate the site was used into the bronze age. Rather than railing against evolution, perhaps creationists should reassess how the evidence matches their interpretation of the Bible?

Acts 17:26 and Greek thought

Acts 17:26 doesn’t teach Adam was the progenitor of humanity. It was taking the Athenians down a few pegs. God made all humans alike, one family which He was now calling to obedience. This sense of Greek uniqueness is described by deSilva/Aristotle:

Greeks also recognized their essential kinship with one another—their likeness and solidarity—in opposition to every barbarian race, concerning which Aristotle could say that “they are a community of slaves, male and female. Wherefore the poets say—‘It is meet that Hellenes should rule over barbarians’; as if they thought that the barbarian and the slave were by nature one” (Pol. 1.2 [1252b7-10]).

deSilva, D. A. (2012). Honor, patronage, kinship & purity: unlocking new testament culture (p. 164). Westmont, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Creationist predictions repeatedly fail (part 4)

What a Creation predicts?What we find
No gene flow between Neanderthals and humansUm yeah, gene flow happened as humans left Africa
Ancient human skeletons (>6,000 years) should not be related to usThey are and we can map to ancient DNA to discrete ethnic groups
No human constructions >6,000 yearsArt and even buildings are older than this (eg the tower in Jericho)
No human specific diseases, since the initial population of two couldn’t host the diseasesMultiple specific diseases and parasites which require large populations to be sustained
Humanity and civilisation appear out of nowhere 6,000 years agoDevelopment of society, tools, writing, agriculture from 20,000 years ago with ongoing development
No beneficial mutations in humansLactose tolerance in European and a few African communities dating back 8,000 years

“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” – quoted by an Illinois native, Carl Sandburg, in The People, Yes (1936) – creationists pretty much substitute “my reading” for “law” and yes pounding the table and yelling are known third strategies we have run into 🙂