Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory

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An international authority on archaeological anomalies and a research associate at the Bhaktivendanta Institute, specializing in the history and philosophy of science. His books have been translated into 13 languages.
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An international authority on archaeological anomalies and a research associate at the Bhaktivendanta Institute, specializing in the history and philosophy of science. His books have been translated into 13 languages.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892133345
  • Publisher: Torchlight Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 554
  • Sales rank: 680,831
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Human Evolution's Support for Spiritual Realities

    The epistemological critique of standard human evolutionary theory offered by Michael A. Cremo and Richard Thompson in their 1993 work,'Forbidden Archeology,' deserves careful reading. Chapter fourteen of my own 'Origin of the Human Species' (second edition: 2003) discusses their claim that anatomically modern humans predated hominids from which evolutionary theory claims we descended. My book demonstrates that sound natural science and sound scriptural analysis of Genesis, including Adam and Eve's historicity, are entirely compatible. After consulting with Mr. Cremo, I came to respect his intellectual honesty in proposing a Vedic perspective of human origins. While retaining my own Catholic perspective, I learned that we shared many common elements of metaphysical dualism, especially in rejecting naturalistic evolutionary models of the world and human origins. In this latest work, 'Human Devolution,' Cremo explores multifaceted evidences for spiritual realities permeating our material cosmos. He presents careful documentation of both preternatural and supernatural phenomena, including various forms of spiritism, miracles such as those at Lourdes, reincarnation claims, UFO phenomena, intelligent design scientific arguments, and many other evidences of spiritual and paranormal phenomena far too extensive to include here. 'Human Devolution' constitutes a valuable reference work for anyone wishing to examine a detailed overview of the many kinds of evidence supporting a dualistic, spirit-based view of the universe. At the very least, it documents the extreme tenuousness of persistent attempts by modern evolutionary materialists to explain the universe and human origins in purely materialistic terms. Even if our religious perspectives remain distinct, I concur with Cremo in concluding that clear evidence exists that God created the world and that human origins proceed, not upward from materialistic forces, but rather downward from spiritual powers that introduce existential dimensions utterly transcendent to evolutionary explanations. Still, as a Catholic philosopher, I do not accept a Vedic interpretation of some of the phenomena reported in 'Human Devolution,' but rather would offer alternative interpretations more consistent with the exclusivity of Christ's claims. In fact, Cremo so persuasively presents his material that I am obliged to caution that only competent Catholic philosophers and theologians are properly positioned to understand fully how Catholic speculation might explain, among other things, reincarnation claims and apparently genuine healings by non-Catholics. Regardless of one's personal convictions and subsequent interpretations, 'Human Devolution's' detailed accounts and careful documentation of some of the most intriguing human experiences, amazing historical occurrences, and important scientific speculations makes illuminating reading.

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