Darwin or George Smith?

There is an interesting article in the Telegraph, an excerpt about the man who found the lost epic of Gilgamesh. As I was reading it, it struck me as to how this played with Darwin’s beginnings of evolutionary science. Then, I came to this paragraph near the end:

And finally, the horizon of natural history also retreated. Later in the period, the Epic became part of a new philosophy that postulated an even greater age for the Earth than had been hitherto estimated. The geologist Eduard Suess used the implications of the poem’s discovery as part of an introduction to his massive, four-volume, The Face of the Earth (1885-1901).

via The tragic tale of George Smith and Gilgamesh – Telegraph.

By positioning the tale as old as he did, it helped to dismantle intellectual resistance to Darwin’s theories — I think. This is why we should never say never to the help archeology can provide us in the search of human origins.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. There is a signpost up ahead denoting the intersection of The Unmoved Mover and Turtles All the Way Down. Theologically, we must be on The Road Less Taken and about to enter the Twilight Zone.
    Meanwhile, the unofficial history of mankind may be little more than discovering his relative insignificance in the grand scheme of things. Officially, at least, man starts out being a companion of the gods. Then, he is demoted to being a distant cousin of monkeys. As if that weren’t enough, mankind finds out that, not only is the earth on which he walks not the center of the universe, the galaxy in which it exits is merely one of a bazillion others that apparently don’t like each other very much.
    Why it’s all enough to turn an old-fashioned hubrist into a latter day creationist! After all, that truly is the only intelligent design for the cerebrally deficient.

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