There are still differences of opinion about the descent of man. In the past, there have been bitter disputes over what doctrines should be taught, especially in public schools.
Today however, we understand that all theories should be given equal weight and taught side-by-side. Accordingly, we will outline the two schools of thought and demonstrate the advantages that result from this evenhanded approach.
Evolutionists hold that man arose by the same gradual process as other
creatures. This belief follows from the principle that the same laws of
nature apply to man as to the rest of the physical world.
Creationists, on the other hand, believe that man was created
instantaneously by a cosmic powered super-being from another dimension.
This belief is based on ancient, heavily retranslated writings taken from
badly decomposed fragments of scroll found in a series of caves in the
Pictured below, we see how an open-minded approach to these conflicting theories can lead to the resolution of a major problem in each.
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There were many "missing links" between
the earliest ancestral apes and modern Homo Sapiens. Scientists learn
about these extinct species from fossil remains.
Here is an example (at left) of a fossil found near the famous "Lucy" fossil discovery. It is the skull of an australopithecine male, named "Desi" by its discoverers. Another couple, named Fred and Ethel, were found in a nearby cave, but Desi is the best preserved specimen.
Scientists can learn much from a relatively small fragment of skeleton. From this fossil, it was deduced that Desi stood about four-foot seven inches tall, walked with a slight limp, disliked zucchini and was a registered Democrat.
Man and the modern apes are not the only families that descended from the ancestral primates. (left) Many early branches of the hominid tree are now extinct, or survive only in isolated areas.
Other fossil remains have yet to be reliably interpreted.
The Noble Savage vs. Civilized Man
Primitive man lived an idyllic existence, in harmony with nature and his fellows. The advance of civilization exacted a price: as the old ways were replaced by the new, tribal man forgot his ancient natural wisdom.
|Among the tribal traditions often displaced by the
encroachment of modern society were:
|Despite these losses, civilization brought many
benefits. Among them were:
An artist's conception of life in the 21st century.
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