History predating christianity
Just down the road from Cincinnati in the north central USA is Big Bone Lick, “the cradle of American paleontology.” The discovery of huge bones from mastodons, giant sloths, and other Ice Age creatures sparked the first scientific expedition to collect vertebrate fossils in North America.
In 1807 President Thomas Jefferson sent General William Clark (of “Lewis and Clark” fame) to gather bones and ship them to the White House. After two centuries of research, we now have enough information to begin recreating scenes from the rise and fall of the Ice Age.
The Bible doesn’t say, “And then there was an Ice Age.” Yet it does give us the big picture of human history—as well as some critical details—which help us narrow down when the ice built up and then melted away.
Editor’s note: Biblical creationists have not reached a consensus on one Ice Age model. Differences between the models have no major bearing on the overall timescale of a straightforward reading of Scriptures, i.e., the Flood of Genesis 6, which occurred roughly 4300 years ago, brought on one major Ice Age that lasted a few hundred years.
Once the ice began to melt, animals returned to Big Bone Lick, along with spear-wielding humans.
The study breaks the widely assumed link between atheism and progress or modernity but also rejects the idea that faith is a natural, instinctive impulse.On October 31, the tribes would celebrate the festival of Samhain.During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead -- including ghosts, goblins, and witches -- returned to mingle with the living.I recently watched the documentary Zeitgeist (Part 1) as well as Bill Maher’s movie Religulous.Both made mention of claims often made that there are many stories that predate Jesus but have striking parallels.