Re: Mining and Religion in Ancient Man

Pattle Pun (
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 12:15:58 -0500 (CDT)

The data discussed by Morton and associates concerning ancient hominids
having culture are also consistent of an alternative view of human

"Cain could have lost his cultural attainment because of the prevalence
of sin based on Genesis 4:12. Thus a considerable part of the economic
culture as God gave it to huamns before the Fall might have been lost at
an early date and then rediscovered gradually (See Gen. 3:17-19). The
advanced culture suggested by Cain's descendants can then be attributed to
the arrival of civilization after many generations had elapsed and the
human population had grown. This interpretation is borne out by Genesis
4:17 that suggests the presence of dynasties or tribes instead of
individuals, and this necessitated the building of a city. The lost
civilizations implicated by the archaeological remains found in South and
Central America lend credence to the possibility of an advanced culture
that was wiped out suddenly." Pun, Pattle, "Evolution: Nature and
Scripture in Conflict?", Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI, 1982, p. 267-268)

Dr. Pattle Pun
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