JF Ptak Science Books Post 1070
For a little while I was collecting antique maps featuring the location of Eden–almost none of the maps showed Eden in the same place, and as a matter of fact, the Garden’s location was quite dynamic through the history of its cartographic representation. The it occurred to me that instead of these maps being mostly incorrect or inaccurate or widely interpreted, perhaps they were all correct.
It seems that one problem in the encyclopedia of problems that comprise the entirety of creation scienze is the distribution of the races–a difficult thing to achieve in an excruciatingly short period of geological time and from one location. There were some 18th century thinkers (like Candolle, for example) who solved problems like this sort of population distribution and sporadic speciation with concepts of multiple points of origin.
If there were multiple Edens then perhaps the issue of population differences over impossibly short periods of time would make the entire Eden idea less logically compromised.
If this was the case, why stop here? Why not an idea of multiple creations, occurring over periods of unspecified time and in unspecified ways and numbers? Then we could have some very interesting philosophical issues of creation magnitudes, durations, locations, and of course size. Perhaps there were micro/mini .025 second creations occurring spontaneously over the course of time. Perhaps an “essential creation” which gave birth to regional and minor creations. Perhaps there is an as-yet geological strata that could be specified in terms of layers of past creations rather than simple geological explanations. Astrophysical theories could be bolstered by Multiple Creation Theory (MCT), identifying Dark Matter as vestigaliana of creations large and small.
I mean, if you’re going to believe in Creationism and creation scienze and intelligent design, why stop there? If you’re going to believe in a simple, single creation theory, how much more intellectually burdensome would it be to believe in more-than-one creations?
I wonder if there is a Lobachevskian or Bolyiaian approach to this issue, a creation version of non-Euclidean geometry?
In for a penny, in for a pound, I say.