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Musings 2005/192

In the last issues of this little newsletter, I included extracts from that fantastic book with the many-worded title Science of Today and the Problems of Genesis: The Six Days of Creation - The Origin of Man - The Deluge and the Antiquity of Man, by the author Rev. Patrick O'Connell, B.D. and printed by Christian Book Club of America. (Second edition 1969)
The book states, beneath this wonderful heading:

A vindication of the Papal Encyclicals and rulings
of The Church on these questions.

The book is full of fascinating and marvellous facts, not only on vindicating Scripture and The Church, but on

the truth
that science has unravelled
through powerful human endeavour

- great men of history who have relentlessly pursued the facts in their fields of geology, archaeology, palaeontology, astronomy, biology, theology etc.
The book is so grand that I just have to quote from it again. The following is taken from final pages of this remarkable book.
P  One of the first questions to be settled in order to estimate the antiquity of the human race is the location of the place where man first appeared. With the two Americas, Australia, Indonesia, China and India out of the picture,

the choice is narrowed down
to Mesopotamia, Iran, Egypt and Europe.

Of these Europe may first be counted out, for no one, even among those who claim an antiquity of half-a-million years for the existence of man in Europe, would seriously say that the cradle of the human race is to be found there. No remains of prehistoric cities, or even of towns of considerable size have ever been found in Europe, except in Crete, which derived its civilisation from Egypt.
For the site of the cradle of the human race

the choice lies between Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Of these two, modern archaeologists

are unanimous in the choice
of Mesopotamia.

In forming their opinion on the site of the most ancient civilisation in the world, archaeologists have been influenced solely by the evidence furnished by excavations;

they appear to be totally unaware of the fact
that they were confirming the account
given by Moses
in chapter II of Genesis,
which says that the Garden of Eden
was watered by the Phison, the Gehon,
the Tigris and the Euphrates.

The Tigris and the Euphrates still retain their ancient names and are sufficient indication that, according to the biblical account, the Garden of Eden was situated somewhere in Mesopotamia. At the present day, there are no rivers in Mesopotamia called the Phison and the Gehon but they have been identified by biblical commentators with the Phase and the Oukon (now called the Kerka), two rivers which flow through Mesopotamia.
There is no valid reason for rejecting the Mosaic account of the location of the Garden of Eden. Even if it were true, as evolutionists allege, that man's antiquity in the world goes back half-a-million years or more, and that, therefore, it would have been impossible to preserve the tradition about the Garden of Eden from the time of Adam to Moses, yet Moses could have got his information by direct revelation from God, and probably did.
Besides we shall see that

there is no solid scientific foundation
for the claim of evolutionists
that man's antiquity goes back
half-a-million years.

According to the latest evidence from all sources, 20,000 years are quite sufficient to account for all that happened since the time of Adam and Eve.
The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden, which was situated in the plain of Mesopotamia, and which may have included the whole of that comparatively small plain.
There is an ardent tradition that they went to Palestine after they had fallen, and that they were buried at Calvary.
This tradition is supported by private revelation. There is nothing improbable in it, for archaeologists, in recent excavations in Palestine, have found the stone instruments of the Lower (earliest) Palaeolithic Age all over Palestine, as well as the fossil remains of the Neanderthal Man, in addition to those of a mixed race that existed in Palestine before the Deluge.
Besides, the excavations carried out at Jericho by Garstang have revealed the fact that this city rivals in antiquity the oldest pre-Flood cities of Mesopotamia, and that the early inhabitants lived in isolation from the people in Mesopotamia, up to the Flood. The results obtained from the most recent excavations carried out there under the direction of Dr. Kenyon confirm this view. (See Part I on the Deluge, Chapter VII.). 
The Church teaches Truth
We should not be surprised that Scripture - and indeed, the Doctrines of The Catholic Church - are constantly supported by material facts that science discover from one century to another.
Whether it be on moral questions, e.g. contraception, divorce, pornography or abortion etc., facts emerge time and again highlighting the supreme wisdom of The Church - or whether it is archaeology, biology, genetics, psychology, you-name-it, the results are always the same.
The simple reason for this is that The Church is
the pillar and foundation of The Truth. (1 Tim. 3:15)
And if the findings of scientists and statisticians prove The Church right in Her doctrines, through physical discoveries, this is a sure proof that The Church is also right in Doctrines which are not within the scope of science, such as The Holy Trinity, The God-made-man, The Immaculate Conception, and so on.
As I say, we
should not be surprised, but we of little faith feel not only vindicated and delighted about scientific proof of The Church's infallibility, but there does creep in a little surprise as well.
In any case, I stand grateful to our Mother, The Church, for Her infallible wisdom.     

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