RE: Another thing people can throw rocks at

From: Glenn Morton (
Date: Fri May 03 2002 - 00:34:46 EDT

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    Wayne wrote:

    >Nonetheless, fables sometimes do have their origins at
    >some level in history. To search for some common
    >connection is quite reasonable and it is nice to see
    >that some of these may have a deeper foundation. The
    >extreme of insisting they _must_ be true for the Bible
    >to be true may be going too far however.

    The fascinating thing is that anthropologists have examined aborigine
    'myths' and have found many of them to be based upon true, historical events
    which have been passed down for as long as 8,000 years. Diprotodonts are
    animals which went extinct in Australia about 8-10,000 years ago.

    "We know that some of the folk memories of modern Australian
    aborigines are at least 8,000 eyars old; they tell of once
    familiar landmarks that were submerged after the last ice age and
    have now been rediscoverd by modern divers, just as the native
    Australinas described them. Their memories of mythical beasts -
    bunyips and the rest --may well allude to diprotodonts and their
    ilk." ~ Colin Tudge, The Time Before History, (New York:Scribner,
    1996), p. 251

    But we would never let Genesis 1-12 tell us anything historical.


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