Friday, May 3, 2013

No Primitive Man

So God created mankind in his own image,
In the image of God he created them.

Genesis 1:27, NIV

I have been reading the ideas of a geneticist who offers genetic proof that people are less intelligent than they were, say, 3,000 years ago. He is very convincing. He also says we are more emotionally unstable, too.

His name is Gerald Crabtree, and he offers a lot of reasons in technical jargon that may be hard to follow, but which I find fascinating. One of his conclusions is that if a citizen of Athens of long ago were brought into our midst he or she would function very well. In fact it has been downhill since then. Gee, that sounds like the writers of the New Testament lived in a time of great intellect.

Now Crabtree is at a lost to explain how we got such a high intellect to begin with. He dates human origins at from 50,000 to 500,000 years ago. Quite a range is it not? Unintellectual reasoners, such as Fundamentalists, know the answer, of course. The peak of man's powers were at Creation, and we have declined since that event.

But what about our great technology? When I hear a cell phone conversation such as, "I'm in the parking lot at Wal Mart, waiting for my wife." I am inclined to believe Crabtree.

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