Neanderthal: The Other Human

by Navy Christian

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I’m a big Sting fan. Ok, I have one of his albums and part of a Police greatest collection. Still, I love his music. It’s soothing, complicated, deep, and yet fun. Very good stuff. One song in particular makes gives me a giggle. It’s called Seven Days and it’s about a woman who has given her man seven days to make a decision about her before she moves on to another man. In that song, Sting sings about his rival and his situation. Here’s a few lines from the song:

Ask if I’m a mouse or man
The mirror squeaked, away I ran
He’ll murder me
In time for his tea
Does it bother me at all?
My rival is Neanderthal

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Picture from National Geographic.

We all have that one guy at work who acts like he drags his knuckles down the hall as he walks. He’s rather obtuse at times and he’d be more at home pounding something into something else than delicate repair work on something like electronics. Sting’s song is cute, but it belays a foundational problem for us: We treat Neanderthals like they’re a joke, but they are not. Not only is Neanderthal not a joke for Christians, but he’s someone that we have to truly come to terms with.

Here’s why:  Christians tend to explain Neanderthals away by saying that they were just humans who had diseases or deformities. They say this because of the unique bone structure and walking gait, among a few other things. If you have that mindset, you are partially correct. Neanderthal and human DNA is pretty close, differing at some 3 million points among billions. That seems pretty close, especially if you consider that the Chimpanzee is close enough to be 30 million points off of ours. Unfortunately, those 3 million are pretty important differences.

This is why Christians must wrestle with the issue of Neanderthals, and other humanoids for that matter. It would seem that we have more than one species of human on our hands, and Neanderthals is just the most famous of them. He certainly isn’t the only one. Anyone remember Lucy? Now that scientists have mapped some of the genetic code for Neanderthals, we know that they were different enough to be human-like, but not human as we are.

Not only must we wrestle with the issue, but we will…on this blog and in the coming book. It’s too important not too. And I have a theory brewing in the back of my mind about how it all relates to Genesis One.

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