Re: Question for Christians... No flaming
Just a heads up — when people bring history, biology, anthropology, paleontology or archeology in to a conversation — that just so happens to also negate a literal interpretation of the Bible — they are, in fact, NOT being anti-Christian.
Originally Posted by drknght
It's just that literalists don't have critical thinking skills when it comes to their own ideologies.
Alright, let's see if your hypothesis hold up to testing & evidence.
Most of people here don't get my argument and that's because they either fail to think of an abstraction or they're just flaming. I say the second one based on the responses. Idea of exploitation was clearly given by the God, and white ppl used it, that's all. It's not just about overthrowing others, it's more about achievements and development.
QUESTION — When was the text in Genesis written?
† Answer: In the 5th century BCE.
It is clear from a thorough comparison of the texts of Genesis and the writings from ancient Egypt, that the Israelites took almost all of the elements from their creation myth from Egyptian mythology. In a further brake down and then reading of the the texts, Biblical Scholars have noted, show that the five books of the Pentateuch—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy—came from four sources, the Yahwist, the Elohist, the Deuteronomist and the Priestly source, each telling the same basic story, and joined together by various editors. In other words YEDP were combined to create GELND.
This leaves the question of when these works were created. Scholars in the first half of the 20th century came to the conclusion that the Yahwist was produced in the monarchic period, specifically at the court of Solomon, and the Priestly work in the middle of the 5th century BCE (the author was even identified as Ezra), but more recent thinking is that the Yahwist was written either just before or during the Babylonian exile of the 6th century, and the Priestly final edition was made late in the Exilic period or soon after.
Scholars in the first half of the 20th century came to the conclusion that the Yahwist was produced in the monarchic period, specifically at the court of Solomon, and the Priestly work in the middle of the 5th century BC (the author was even identified as Ezra), but more recent thinking is that the Yahwist was written either just before or during the Babylonian exile of the 6th century, and the Priestly final edition was made late in the Exilic period or soon after.
So as a point of fact — the text AS WE KNOW IT TODAY isn't more than 2600 years old. Certainly our world and indeed humanity is much older.
QUESTION — Who were the first human beings and when did they live?
† Answer: Homo sapiens & about 200,000 BCE
Homo rhodesiensis arose in Africa an estimated 0.7 to 1 million years ago. The earliest estimates for Homo rhodesiensis reaching Europe are approximately 800 thousand years ago when a type of human referred to as Homo antecessor or H. cepranensis already inhabited the region. These two human types may be forerunners to the European H. heidelbergensis; however, stone tools dating from 1.2 to 1.56 million years ago of an unknown creator have been discovered in south-western Europe.
Though, Human beings that were indistinguishable from any human being walking on the Earth today arose around .2 million years ago.
QUESTION — What were the migration patters of early man?
QUESTION — What did the first cultures look like?
† Answer: A herding, hunter & gatherer society with both patriarchal and matriarchal leanings. They worshiped both goddesses and gods. Bathed. Made tools, cloths, jewelry, cave art & had language. They had shaman & a relationship with the natural world so as to gain a general knowledge of plants.
Not a conquering or pirating society.
QUESTION — Were the first human beings caucasian?
† Answer: Do a google search for weather white skin or darker skin, of any shade, is the genetic mutation in the human family and you will find out that in fact it is caucasian skin which is the mutation from skin tones with more melanin in them.
This only makes sense considering that the pineal gland more than likely diminished the production of melatonin, which causes the pigment of melanin, in generations over time.
QUESTION — Are you reading your own cultural influences in to the text in Genesis?
† Answer: Yes.
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