Noah’s Ark Said Found… Again
A group of hunters for Noah’s Ark is claiming to have found it, finally. Others, including fellow evangelical Christians, have their doubts. Turkish and Chinese explorers from a group called Noah’s Ark Ministries International announced their ‘discovery’ in April at their Hong Kong headquarters. They, of course, are not the first making such claims, and not the first to say that it is on Mount Ararat in Turkey. Nevertheless, the explorers claim to be “99.9%” certain that this time they have really found it.
Subscribing to a very literal interpretation of Bible stories, like that of Noah, the group seeks to prove the Bible’s literal truth. Followers of this particular school once proclaimed the ‘verbal plenary’ inspiration of the Bible, and that they had no use for more nuanced or symbolic readings of the scripture. Long called ‘fundamentalist,’ this persuasion adheres to a very literal and historically specific version of the Bible’s creation story. They also subscribe to a dating scenario based on the work of seventeenth century Irish Archbishop James Ussher.
Ussher used genealogies and other Biblical clues to conclude that Earth was created on October 23, 4004 BC, and that Noah’s flood happened about 2,000 years later. Mainstream science, on the other hand, declares the planet is billions of years old and that all change here has occurred very, very slowly. Woe be unto anyone who doesn’t subscribe to either point of view.
Today there are many who, indeed, reject both arguments. Among these are the proponents of ‘intelligent design,’ as well as some young-Earth advocates, and catastrophists who think Earth’s long history has been punctuated by many cataclysmic events which have, in the process, deeply scarred the human race. The disciples of Charles Darwin, who dominate current culture, fancy themselves above any such simplistic beliefs. Without directly answering any of the opposing arguments, the secular humanists effectively pronounce that anyone rejecting their Darwinian assumptions is anathema, deriding them as ‘closet creationists’ who believe the earth is only 6,000 years old. These Darwinist tactics, ironically, are most reminiscent of fundamentalist preachers who once branded as ‘a sinner bound for hell’ anyone questioning their literal reading of the Bible. The truth, however, we suspect, is more complicated than either Darwinist or fundamentalist would have you believe.
For a more nuanced view of the implications of sensational new discoveries, see Stephen Robbins’ article on “Jurassic Soft Tissue” on page 42.
40K-Year-Old Hi-Tech Jewelry Discovered
At a Siberian site called Denisova Cave, Russian archaeologists have found, among the bones of extinct animals, including a woolly mammoth, a very sophisticated bracelet. The potentially game-changing artifact has been dated to at least 40,000 years ago. Indeed, there are other artifacts on the scene dating back 125,000 years.
According to Dr. Anatoly Derevyanko, of the Museum of History and Culture at Novosibirsk, the bracelet is “stunning,” requiring a very high level of skill to make, something not thought possible for Denisovans.
Described as a species of hominins from the Homo genus, but distinct from either Homo sapiens or Neanderthal, the Denisovans have long been considered much less developed than modern humans or even Neanderthals, but the bracelet discovery is disrupting all such thinking. Producing the bracelet, say Russian experts, would have required skill 30,000 years ahead of its time. Made from chlorite, the bracelet used stone originating 125 miles away. It was apparently held in place with a leather strap, passing through a hole that would have required a high-speed drill to create.
Large Ancient City Found in Turkish Cave
The announcement came in June 2017 of an ancient, underground city, with 52 chambers, newly discovered in the Kayseri area of Turkey. Longer than a football field, the complex is larger in area than previously discovered structures in Kaymakli and Derinkuyu in the Cappadocia.
So far, the archaeological establishment has not claimed definitively to date the new discovery, though the conventional wisdom has been that they were built during the time of Greek and Roman control. There is, indeed, evidence that they were occupied at that time, but that does not explain when the structures were first excavated. Geologist and Atlantis Rising contributor Robert Schoch is one of those who thinks the underground cities of Turkey were created around the end of the last ice age over 11,000 years ago. Unlike some who say they were built as conventional fortifications against military threats, Dr. Schoch argues that they were built to deal with the dangers posed by immense solar outbursts, which he believes ended the ice age. Be sure to read his article on page 47 in this issue “The Sacred Caves of India,” on ancient cave mysteries in both Turkey and India.