By Greg O’Brien, Codfish Press
As we approach Easter and Passover, the holiest periods of the Christian and Jewish calendars, science has drilled deep into the ground and up into the firmament for revelations on religion and the history of man. Applying Newton’s gravitation theory of “what goes up must come down,” scientists, as usual, will prove to be far better anthropologists than theologians.
"Open wide... about 9,000 years or so"
In an otherwise painful discovery last week, scientists announced that dentistry, the drilling of teeth, is prehistoric—something all of us who hate trips to the dentist have known for a lifetime.
Scientists have unearthed an ancient graveyard in a remote section of Pakistan that indicates prehistoric dentists drilled tiny holes into cavemen’s teeth 7,500 to 9,000 years ago, sans Novocain, of course. Yikes!
The "missing link-fish"
Scientists then heralded the discovery of what Darwinians pray will be the missing evolutionary link from sea to land animals and ultimately man—showcasing the fossil of a 375 million-year-old scaly, crocodile-like fish, called Tiktaalik, with fins that presage the beginnings of digits, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
It’s proof positive, some say, that the creationists are all wet. While Titaalik may have legs, others question whether the missing link presumption has wings, flying in the face of the Almighty’s power to create.
Last, but hardly least - Gnostic Gospel of Judas
Finally, like the wine at Cana, science saved the best for last, with National Geographic Society scholars trumpeting a translation of the Gnostic Gospel of Judas—what appears to be an ancient blog imagining a secret handshake between Jesus and Judas Iscariot that portrays Judas as a “favored disciple” and a “willing collaborator” with Jesus in handing Christ over to the Romans for execution. The Judas Gospel, declared a fraud in the year 180 by church father Irenaeus of Lyon, has more deep holes and splinters than the Cross itself. Project scholars have suggested the text—written more than 100 years after the fact and at variance with the eye-witness first century accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—could stand traditional beliefs about early Christianity on its head. But to imply the Gospel of Judas reveals anything factual about Judas, “is like saying a document written 150 years after George Washington died tells us the inside truth about George Washington,” New Testament scholar Dr. Ben Witherington stated in a New York Times report.
It is certainly tempting to question the release of this translation and an anticipated exchange of silver on the eve of a National Geographic television documentary, the publication of its May issue, and the shilling of two related books. Scientists in the future may find other evidence of ancient bloggers, prehistoric dentists, fish that walk and pigs that fly, but I am reminded of a commentary on the subject years ago in the Los Angles Times. The writer noted that as scientists scale the mountain of knowledge, clawing their way to the summit, they will one day reach the peak, only to find the theologians have been camping there for centuries.