This article comes to me by way of William Lane Craig.
I would love to know how we (archaeologists), though he refers to us as paleontologists, are misreading the lithic tool record. This is a crazy assertion backed up by no argumentation.
Well you seem to have his attention, and that’s good. But not it seems on the two-population scenario like that proposed in GA, and that’s bad. This article did help me understand why some around here are so anxious to make humans out of Neanderthals and Denisovans. They may think it allows them to keep a ‘first pair’. And it might, but not the first pair in the text of early Genesis, who were agriculturalists and whose near descendants were animal pastoralists and invented metallurgy. And that is besides the mockery it would make of the genealogies.
Yet another instance where an alternative explanation, namely, a sequential reading of the text, would end up totally harmonizing the many discordances he brought up --and the ones he left glaringly unaddressed. Adam and Eve don’t have to be the “first human beings ever,” just the first ones capable of the knowledge of good and evil, allowing them to outcompete all others, just as he said.
Come on, WL Craig --check your inbox! Thanks for an otherwise good article.
The whole conception of “and God created man in His image; male and female” as happening in an instantaneous moment, rather than the announced intentions of a slower, yet still miraculous process, is an ungrounded assumption with regards to the Hebrew text. Nothing in the Hebrew verb 'bara communicates instantaneous fulfillment.
He is a brilliant mind, wanting to get all the pieces on the table and guide his community along with him. It is very rare to see intellects of his caliber publicly processing questions of such high importance in public. Rather that criticising him, I am watching and learning.
Agreed; just disappointed at the road not yet taken, personally.
What is really going on is that I absolutely must get my book out asap. The Dabar paper is not yet out, so he can’t reference it.
My son has challenged me to write one as well, saying that this view has helped him. My YEC friend, a graduate of Dallas Seminary in Hebrew, has said that, if he weren’t a YEC, this view would be his next best preference. Godspeed with your book, Joshua!
@Agauger, he acknowledged you. Congrats. He did an admirable job on the science, perhaps because of you.
Dr. Swamidass please read the comments being posted on this article - quite interesting.
Dr. Swamidass - Thank you for leading me to strangenotions.com . It is the first time seeing it. I am so glad a site like this exists.