‘How Did Civilization Start?’ (2019)

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Ruins on Potbelly Hill

I’ll return to this topic later today, when I have more time. Rodney Stark has some intriguing insights into how we ought to view the remains of extinct civilizations.

Anyhow, where did civilization come from? What got it started in the first place?

How Did Civilization Start?

That Potbelly Hill site in Turkey, Gobekli Tepe, is a gold mine–but we don’t know yet how to evaluate the treasure. It’s so far off what was expected, scientists are still trying to wrap their minds around it.

Maybe they ought to read Genesis.

2 comments on “‘How Did Civilization Start?’ (2019)

  1. The Flood and the Babel event loom large. Recent DNA studies would indicate that the Americas were populated by a large group of people, before the “American Indians” arrived. The reason this conclusion was reached is that the genetic haplogroups of American Indians didn’t branch off from Asians until relatively recently, which means that the builder of the Central and South American pyramids, etc. were not who we think of as Native Americans.

    We know very little about these people, other than the stone structures which were left behind. They built ziggurats, right and left, and in at least some cases sacrificed humans to their gods, but whatever the case, those civilizations were pretty much over and done with by the time the Asian people we think of as being the first Americans arrived.

    That’s just one example of how the narrative of history which we were taught as children turns out not to be so accurate. The biblical timeline, combined with DNA analysis provides a completely different perspective from the mainstream historical narrative.

    I recently read Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson’s Traced, and found it quite interesting. Dr. Jeanson is a believer in creation who feels that, instead of simply playing defense against the theory of evolution, believing scientists should be making scientific predictions, based upon the biblical timeline. His earlier book, Replacing Darwin, started that ball rolling. The recent discovery of rapid speciation among finches supports his contention that species derive from created kinds quite rapidly, and not through a lengthy process of evolution. This aligns completely with the Bible and shows our Creator’s wisdom, in designing animals to be able to survive in changing conditions.

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