Introduction Additional Social Evidence “It is a religion of science that Darwinism chiefly held, and holds men’s minds. The result is a fantasia which is neither history nor science.” —*James Conant, quoted in Origins Research, Vol. Creationist books are deeply concerned with vindicating the Genesis 1 six-day Creation of our world, and the Genesis 6-9 Flood and its effects. Because nearly all Near Eastern archaeological findings are keyed to a system of assumed Egyptian dates, those archaeological conclusions lack the historical veracity they ought to have.
“Therefore, a grotesque account of a period some thousands of years ago is taken seriously though it be built by piling special assumptions on special assumptions, ad hoc hypothesis [invented for a purpose] on ad hoc hypothesis, and tearing apart the fabric of science whenever it appears convenient. Abraham Kuyper, “Evolution, ” speech delivered in 1899. IN THE HANDS OF HUMANISTS—As we shall learn later in this study, the entire structure of Egyptian dating continues to be based on a few assumptions that place those dates too far into the past.
In this study, we will examine the field of Near Eastern and archaeological dating, and in the process will find that an immense cover-up has taken place. By mutual agreement, their minds are closed: “The basic dilemma in “historical Jesus” research is not any complexus of technical problems but rather the seeming incompatibility between intellectual honesty and traditional Christian belief.” —Statement issued by the Society of Biblical Literature, 1969.
we cannot be certain’; and ‘when we look at the evidence from Palestine, it is again inconclusive.’ Professor Mac Rae concludes this section of his article with these words: ‘Some new discovery may make the matter absolutely final, but up to the present, it must be considered a question on which we do not have sufficient light.’ However, this absence of any solid, positive evidence is incompatible with the Biblical record. “Since Egyptian chronology is now fixed within a decade a two for the Middle Bronze and Late Bronze Ages, our dates are approximately certain wherever we can establish a good correlation with Egyptian cultural history . thanks to [Egyptian] scarabs and inscriptional evidence.” —William F. “There would be many different interpretations of a 5-meter square [the standard unit of excavation at a dig], if the director did not always have the final say in the excavation report.” —J.
In 1842 Paul Botta began excavations at Nineveh and Khorsabad. (5) Even generously assuming that one-fourth of the sites have been excavated, and one-fourth of their findings published,—we have less than one-twentieth of the potential archaeological evidence that could be had.
In 1871 Heinrich Schliemann found the site of Troy. But, in reality, hardly more than 200 of the more than 5,000 sites in Israel and Jordan have been excavated, and less than 50 of these can be considered to have been major digs.
[Chemist and former president, Harvard University.] “The doctrine of evolution is a newly invented system, a newly conceived doctrine, a newly formed dogma, a new rising belief, which places itself over against the Christian faith, and can only found its temple on the ruins of our Christian confession.” —Dr. Within a century after the Flood ended, Egypt could have been entered and its first kingdom established.
Throughout this set of books, we have consistently observed that the scientific evidence abundantly confirms both of those great historic facts. would make it 4,000 years before the birth of Christ. “Scholars have been compelled, because of more recent evidence, to revise the date for the beginning of the dynastic period to dates in the era 3300-2850 B. The error in the earlier dating of Mena [Menes, the first king of Egypt] and the beginning of the dynastic period amounts to something over 2,000 years . “Worthy of note is the fact that all of the 2,000-year correction of the date for Mena was made by condensing the period previously allotted to the first eleven Egyptian dynasties.