This evolutionary graphic is one we’re all familiar with - a silhouette transformation from lower primates to man. It has a rational logic about it and we allow this graphic’s simplicity, for the idea behind it. It’s hard to argue with 25 million years’ worth of paleo-anthropological assumptions – life’s too short for that.
The first few creatures we might be inclined to have as pets, and the last 2 are fellas we theoretically would be able to relate to. Only the very last one reflects man's recent history of the last 10,000 years. And what a positively dizzying run of progress those last 10,000 have been – far different in quality, scope, complexity, reach, imagination, organization, investigation, exploration and reflection than the first 99.96 % of those 25 million years.
It is worth looking at the numbers carefully. These last 10,000 years are 4/100th of a percent (= .04 %) of 25 million years and they are the most astonishing ‘bump’ imaginable. From planting grain to exploring space – who could - in their wildest imagining - expect all this to take place in the last 10,000 years, contrasting the glacial pace of the previous 25 million‘s development?
Let’s consider a chronological list beginning about 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. Next comes pastoralism (animal husbandry), the beginning of writing & reading, the Bronze Age (metallurgy), the beginning of trade, the development of the idea of money, the development of glass, society being structured by government, the development of architecture, the idea of a moral basis of law, Greek philosophy, Roman Empiric organization – namely roads & taxes. Then skipping over the next 1,000 years for brevity’s sake, lands us at the Renaissance with the beginning of printing, global seafaring navigation and exploration, the Industrial Revolution and then the advances arrive with tsunamic strength. From electricity to the Nuclear age, telegraph to the Internet, biology to genetic engineering, abacus to Artificial Intelligence, from a hand-written note to global multi-lingual Social Media, and from flight to the Space Age.
Graphically – this 25 million year anthropic odyssey looks like a flat line followed by a perpendicular wall – where in nature does the X - Axis become the Y - Axis?
This may cause us to pause and think for a moment.
An equally breathtaking thought is – where will the next 10,000 years lead? Science Fiction sketches the next 1,000-20,000 years – and takes for granted that man is a ‘Space’ creature. Travel to the stars will come in due course, and the colonization of galaxies after that.
An equally breathtaking thought is – where will the next 10,c000 years lead? Science Fiction sketches the next 1,000-20,000 years – and takes for granted that man is a ‘Space’ creature. Travel to the stars will come in due course, and the colonization of galaxies after that.
The difficult circumstance of our last 10,000 years remains. Here are some contemporary speculations. In both 2001 – A Space Odyssey & the Alien/Prometheus movie sagas, the idea was developed that ‘man’ was seeded by an alien/other intelligence from space and evolved from that point.
Where did man come from? - the question endures. If not the amoebic origins theorized by evolution, nor the remote -superior-shadowy alien intelligence from afar …. is it that ‘crazy’ to consider belief in a being describable as God?
How would this God communicate with us? Probably not boom down from space and create a lot of fearful confusion. One approach might be to stealthily arrive amongst us, fitting right in. It would prevent us from freaking out with the thought that ‘God is right here!’ And if God did come down, it doesn’t make sense that he would remain anonymous.
Surely there would be some communication and even demonstration of who he is, without again overwhelming ‘the natives’. It’s quite possible that this encounter would prove very unsettling to the natives. (Recall the true stories of jungle aborigines killing the first western men attempting contact.)
The ultimate purpose for this ‘visit’ by God might be to enable ‘earthlings’ to relate to the God who made them. Perhaps it’s not obvious at first, but the revelation ‘ God among us’ would be very difficult, and upsetting for the earthlings to absorb. This, in a nut shell, is an explanation of who Jesus is and what he came to do. Jesus’ life is a historical fact of great drama and described in a book that we can read ourselves.