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Creation: Darwinian Evolutionary Frauds Pt. V

Posted by Gregg on Jul 18, 2010 in apologetics, Christian Faith, Creation, homeschooling |

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A Sunday guest post by my brilliant husband, Gregg.

Every Sunday, my clever husband offers me a “day of rest” by writing posts on the subject of his primary ministry. This is a topic that is gaining more and more attention in our modern culture. The topic, Creationism vs. Darwinism, is a subject that has broad reaching scientific, social, and metaphysical implications. He chooses to conclude each post with a message intended to hearten and bolster believers. However, for believers and non-believers alike, the primary purpose is to present scientific, historical, logical, and/or sociological data in an empirical fashion, as much as possible written in layman’s terms, and in a format suitable for supplementing any homeschool curriculum whether you choose to believe the Biblical account — or secular guesses — about the origins of human life on earth.

Monkey Business

During the Scopes Monkey Trial in July of 1925, Clarence Darrow stated, “We have only to look to the cavemen to know that man evolved from apes.” He cited the Neanderthal, Nebraska Man, and the indisputable Java Man.

Last week, I cited facts about the Nebraska pig tooth that were probably fairly shocking to some readers. This week, sit back with a cup of Java and we will learn how indisputable Java Man really is.

Cooking up a Hoax

 

Eugene Dubois

Eugene Dubois

Pithecanthropus erectus (does that sound scientifically authoritative enough for you?) meaning “upright ape-man,” a.k.a. Java Man, for decades cited as indisputable proof that man came from monkeys.  Upright ape-man, indeed.

Eugene Dubois became a follower of Darwinian evolution while attending a Dutch college. Dubois, a former student of Ernst Haeckel,  became intent on discovering the “missing link” his mentor believed had evolved somewhere in Africa or East Asia, and which Haeckel had already named without even a shred of physical evidence – Pithecanthropus alalus (man without speech). How is that for faith in action?

After dropping out of school, and to aid in his investigations, Dubois signed up as a doctor with the Dutch medical corps in the Dutch East Indies with the intention of hunting for fossils during his spare time.  He began searching for fossils in Sumatra and other Dutch East Indies islands. He shipped thousands of crates of regular animal bones back to Holland, and then went to Java.

In September 1891 near the village of Trinil in a damp place by the Solo River at the foot of a volcano, Dubois found a skull cap. More than a full year later and at least forty feet away from where he had found the skull cap, he found a fully human femur.  Due to the close proximity of the find, Dubois assumed they belonged to the same creature. Dubois then named the find Pithecanthropus erectus.

Creation: The Entire Java Man FindEven later and further down in the sediment, he uncovered three teeth in yet another location in that area.

Dubois then assumed that (1) all these bones were from the same individual, and (2) that they were as much as one million years old. What evidence is there to support either of these conclusions? Well, none.  None at all.

Sixty miles away, in the same condition, he also found two complete and perfectly formed fully human skulls (known as the Wadjak skulls), but — interestingly enough — he did not publicize this fact. In fact, he actually hid them underneath the cot in his tent at the dig sites.  When he did publish the find, he only published them in two non-science journals which were not meant for public consumption.

Upon his return to Europe in 1895, Dubois went on a lecture circuit and displayed his fossils to the International Congress of Zoology. His discovery received a lukewarm reception, causing him to became secretive, and paranoid, and he began to refuse to let anyone else examine the bones. Rudolph Virchow, who had been Haeckel’s professor and is considered the father of modern pathology remarked: “In my opinion this creature was an animal, a giant gibbon, in fact. The thigh bone has not the slightest connection with the skull.”

Creation: Java Man Mock Up & Artist Impression

"Mock Up" & "Artist Impression"

Throughout this time, Dubois never displayed the Wadjak skulls.  He paraded “Java Man” out to any audience that would lend him a podium while forbidding close scrutiny of the objects.  And, just as he had hidden the Wadjak skulls away in his tent, he kept the Wadjak skulls hidden under the floorboards of his house –for over thirty years — then finally made them known in the 1920s.   What do you think the meaning of that is?  What do you think his intent was?

As might be expected, many other experts at the time questioned whether all the bones Dubois brought forth in fact came from the same being. The thigh bone was very obviously a normal human upper leg bone, after all.

But Dubois spent most of the remainder of his life lecturing and telling people about the “half-human/half-ape” bones that he had found in Java in 1891-1892.  In the early part of the century, the debate raged. British zoologists thought it was human, German experts decided it was ape, and the French conjectured that it was something between the two. Finally, in 1907 a German expedition was sent from Berlin to Java to settle the matter.

Dubois refused to even show the team of experts his “bone collection” nor help them in any way at all. It was around this time that the Wadjak skulls came to light and requests for those skulls to use for comparison were made of Dubois.  Not surprisingly, Dubois refused to provide any additional information.

Arriving in Java, the German expedition went over the Trinil site thoroughly, removing 10,000 cubic meters [1,379 cu yd] of material and 43 boxfuls of bones in the process, and then declared it all to be a huge waste of time. Absolutely no evidence of Java Man or any other ape-man could be found.  Their main discovery was that Dubois’ Java Man bones had been taken from a site where a nearby volcano had overflowed in the recent past and spewed forth lava, which overwhelmed and buried a number of both fully human people as well as animals.

Over the last 30 years, other fossil fragments similar to Pithecanthropus, were discovered in Java and Africa. In the 1950s, Darwinists transferred Pithecanthropus to the genus Homo (man), and Dubois’ find became the first fossil to be known as Homo erectus, or upright man.

In other words, he was human.  Not an ape-man.  Not a missing link.  Not an intermediate form.  A human being.

Creation: The Real Java Man

Equally Valid "Artist Impression"

Dubois died in 1940. In a eulogy, Arthur Keith accurately called him “… an idealist, his ideas being so firmly held that his mind tended to bend facts rather than alter his [own] ideas to fit them.”

Far from being indisputable, both the validity and the relevance of Java Man remains in serious and continuous dispute and, like Nebraska man, shares a heritage rich in fraud.

If intermediate forms exist, why not rely upon actual examples instead of fraudulent bones?  Why hide human bones under the floorboards of your hosue for more than 3 decades?  What do you think the meaning and intent of all that is?

Coming Soon

Ahead, more monkey business in Darwinian evolutionary history.  In the weeks to come, I will review the cases of Neanderthal, Piltdown Man, Rhodesian Man, Taung African Man, Peking Man, Nutcracker Man, Skull 1470, Flipperpithecus, Orce Man, and Lucy the magic Australopithecine.

The Truth

Creationism is a belief system which postulates that the universe, Earth, and life on Earth were deliberately created by an intelligent being, namely God.  My personal position has a deep rooted foundation in scripture found in the Bible, God’s holy word, which is relied upon for insights regarding the history of the world by secularists and belivers alike. It is my belief that natural laws and chance alone are not adequate to explain all natural phenomena, up to and including the existence of intelligent life itself.

Any reasonable observer cannot believe this to be a dogmatic belief on my part, nor one that is outside the boundaries of logic or reason given the authority of scripture as my assumption.  Based upon my beliefs, I have reached a few conclusions about truth.

The truth is that we are all one blood, all nations of men.  We were placed here not as a mathematically impossible random act, but as an act of will by a supreme being.  We serve a purpose.  We are not animals.  Our ancestors were not animals.  As the Psalmist said, we are one step below Elohim.  Created beings possessing of minds and emotions and eternal spirits.

Believers need to understand that much of what is recognized as “science” today is “falsely so-called” and amounts to assumptions based on misleading lies, outright frauds, or unworthy (godless) assumptions. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7). It would be wise to take the advice Paul offered to Timothy and “…keep that which is committed to thy trust [see Timothy 6:14], avoiding profane and vain babblings, and the oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith” (1 Timothy 6:20–21, KJV).

If Darwinists were so obviously right, why all the Pious Fraud?  Why ANY fraud at all?  Why not let indisputable facts lead to unavoidable conclusions in a chain of logical evidence?  Why add lies, misdirection, obfuscation, mendacity, fabrication, and fraud to the argument?  Why is that necessary?  What is the meaning of that?  What do you suppose the intent, is?

God Bless you and yours.

Gregg


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