David << I have posted some questions for you in a related thread >>
All righty, I’ll try to take a look. I’m not expert in the science, many others in here are much more knowledgeable. However, I have been trying to resolve the theological conflicts on this topic in here since 2004 or so.
David << Moses wrote the book of Genesis as one book, agreed? Interesting that he chose to change styles halfway through. Things that make you go Hmmm. >>
True, however Moses could not have written about his own death. Moses’ death is spoken of at the end of Deuteronomy. Most scholars today would conclude the Pentateuch (first five books of Moses) was edited by a series of authors. Do you know who accepts that idea? Again, John Paul II. I invite you to read his Commentaries on Genesis in his “Theology of the Body” series. I have not studied this idea in depth, it is called the “JEPD” theory of authorship. See especially Biblical Account of Creation Analyzed by John Paul II, dated 1979.
David << What’s more, the latest is that we are not related to Neandrethal man at all, that is, that there is no direct line from a common ancestor directly to man >>
True about Neandertal. I linked that article from my site as a possible Adam/Eve. Much of the evidence is against the idea we evolved directly from Neandertals. We were contemporaries at one point, and they died out as a species about 25,000 years ago.
David << Sounds like people finding unexpected thiings and trying to support their a priori presumption that evolution must be the only way man could have come to be. >>
No, the evidence that we evolved from previous life forms is substantial. Common descent is not debated today in science. Exactly how we did that and through what lines of descent (who is directly related to who) is what is debated. Many knowledgeable people in here can help you on the science.
The International Theological Commission statement endorsed by Ratzinger calls common descent “virtually certain” :
“Since it has been demonstrated that all living organisms on earth are genetically related, it is virtually certain that all living organisms have descended from this first organism. Converging evidence from many studies in the physical and biological sciences furnishes mounting support for some theory of evolution to account for the development and diversification of life on earth, while controversy continues over the pace and mechanisms of evolution. While the story of human origins is complex and subject to revision, physical anthropology and molecular biology combine to make a convincing case for the origin of the human species in Africa about 150,000 years ago in a humanoid population of common genetic lineage.” (Communion and Stewardship, 2004)
David << The ages that come from such “scientific” evidence and the conclusions drawn are a long bow. Carbon dating requires that one knows how much carbon (in radioactive form) there was in the first place. >>
Carbon dating takes us back 50,000 years. This is not how we get how old the earth is. The general radiometric dating techniques is how we get back billions of years. And they’ve been well-established and well-tested for 50+ years on the oldest earth rocks, moon rocks, and meteorites. The assumptions have been well-tested also, and the “Isochron” methods do not require knowledge of the initial daughter. Read Dalrymple’s book The Age of the Earth (1991) or read the general Age of the Earth articles from TalkOrigins.
David << I do CT scans of skull for a living, and I can tell you that most of those found (I’ve seen the fossils), are normal human skulls. People are seeing what they want to see. I myself have seen far less human looking skulls on people I have scanned than the fossils! >>
OK, all I can say is go back through the evidence for human evolution (pictures included). A fancy Flash site is BecomingHuman.org by professional paleoanthropologists. Another nice resource are all the past “Science Friday” archives (Real Audio required), listen to all the ones on human evolution (there are dozens).