Friday, 8 June 2018
The Bible Explains the Origin of Agriculture Better than Secular Predictions Do
Genesis tells us that at the dawn of history Cain cultivated crops and brought them as an offering to God. Secularists, however, would reject this view of history and predict a different past for humanity.
But the facts are stacked against the naturalistic view. History and archaeology show that agriculture arose rapidly in at least a dozen or so places just a few thousand years ago.
Evolutionists need to explain why it took over 200,000 years from the emergence of modern man to the discovery of agriculture.
Here’s their best try: “Using a new methodological approach, researchers at Colorado State University and Washington University in St. Louis have uncovered evidence that underscores one long-debated theory: that agriculture arose out of moments of surplus, when environmental conditions were improving, and populations lived in greater densities,” a recent press release issued by University of Colorado suggests.
Actually, they haven’t found evidence for this. What the researchers did was predicting population densities, as they assumed that agriculture needed a fairly large population.
They should probably have taken a look at some archaeological discoveries, which suggest that hunter gatherers (for instance at Göbekli Tepe) and other stone age people were anything but simpletons. Their art rivalled that of Picasso, and their buildings are still a source of amazement.
Researchers have proposed that religious belief inspired the building of their civilisations.
The Bible’s account of history explains the origin of agriculture much better than secular predictions do.
University of Colorado. 2018. On the origins of agriculture, researchers uncover new clues. (4 June).