It’s just after 6am and Todd wants to know why I can’t sleep.
“I’m thinking about religion.”
Even in the early morning shadows, I can tell he regrets asking.
I’ve been reading “The Better Angels of Our Nature” by Steven Pinker. Pinker cites countless historic examples of human sacrifice, torture and dismemberment to argue against those who say we are living in the world’s most violent times.
His first reference is Otzi, the 5000 year old ice man who was found in a melting glacier in the Tyrolean Alps in 1991. Ten years after they found Otzi, they discovered that he had an arrow in his head and the arrow contained traces of at least two other people’s blood. He had been killed by an arrow but not before offing a few others with that same arrow.
Three years later in Kennewick, Washington, spectators at a hydroplane race noticed some bones poking out of a bank of the Columbia River. Almost twice as old as Otzi, Kennewick Man had a stone projectile lodged in his pelvis, indicating he had been shot.
Another skull was found deliberately severed and in another case in Germany, it was determined that the oldest nuclear family known to science was killed in a raid.
Although his facts are interesting, none of his ideas are particularly new, including that the Bible is a wiki. Pinker actually started me thinking in the opposite direction.
Why does a body lie perfectly preserved in a glacier for over 5000 years and then just show up one day? The same for all the other places. Are we really arrogant enough to think that we’re the generation that has unravelled all the mysteries of life? Why is this evidence just suddenly there? If God truly wanted to trust our faith, wouldn’t the ultimate test be to plant evidence that negates his existence?
“Isn’t it strange that after thousands of years, we suddenly stumble on this evidence?” I asked Todd.
“Not really,” he dismisses. “Global warming explains it all,” and goes back to sleep with that single sentence.
Oh yeah Todd, well how do you explain all the others? I’m onto you God. I’m onto you.