X.8. Creation vs Evolution, Piltdown Man (3)

Did God Create the Human Race, or Did We Evolve? (Part 3)

By Dr. Max D. Younce

Archive 0154

Which is right?  That God created all mankind; or, the atheist with all his theories?

God states in Isaiah 44:24,25, “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;  That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.”

Piltdown Man.  The next so-called ape-man paraded before us is the Piltdown Man.  Now, let us examine their so-called “evidence.”  In 1912, Charles Dawson, an amateur fossilologist, brought to Dr. Arthur Smith Woodward, eminent paleontologist at the British Museum, some bones and primitive implements he said he found in a gravel pit at Piltdown, Sussex, the southern part of England.  He brought a piece of jaw, two molar teeth, and a piece of a skull.  These were acclaimed by the anthropologists as possibly one-half million years old.  Dr.Woodward, in honor of the discoverer, named the creature, "Eoanthropus Dawsoni”.  "Eos" is the Greek word for dawn, "anthropus" is the Greek word for man ... so "Eoanthropus" is "Dawn Man" of Sussex, England ... the Piltdown Man.

Oh, what a literature they created on him!  How they manufactured him and put him in the museum and made pictures of him for the books.  The Encyclopedia Britannica called the "Piltdown Man" second in importance only to "Pithecanthropus Erectus" and we know about him!

Henry Fairfield Osborn, the great American paleon­tologist of the American Museum of Natural History said, "Eoanthropus... its darkly colored and thoroughly fossilized skull fragments are intermingled with fragments of grinding teeth of Proboscidians, (other fossil animals) of unquestionable Upper Pliocene age.  Eoanthropus, the Dawn Man of Sussex, now appears to be of greater geologic age than Pithecanthropus Erectus, Trinal ape-man”.

On and on they went about the Piltdown Man...Eo­anthropus, from Sussex, England.  And lo...and behold...the October, 1956, issue of the Reader's Digest appeared which summarized a splendid article from the Popular Science Monthly, entitled "The Great Piltdown Hoax”.

The whole hoax was exposed!  The jaw-bone was that of an ape that had died only fifty years before.  The teeth were filed down to disguise their ori­ginal design and shape, and both teeth and bones were artificially colored with bi-chromate of potash.  Out of these they created the great hoax of the Piltdown Man.  They placed him in the museum and put his pictures in the books from which we teach our children and to which we have reference on our shelves.

Oh, how the "giants" did fall for this trick in their efforts to support the theory of evolution.

The Lord’s warning to every person is as Paul instructed Timothy in I Timothy 6:20.  “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust (i.e., God’s Word), avoiding profane and vain (empty) babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.”

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