Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Debating Homo naledi on Premier Christian Radio

I took part in a debate on Premier Christian Radio last Thursday with Fuz Rana, of Reasons to Believe, on the new Homo naledi find and the respective cases for evolution and intelligent design.  It was quite fun and very cordial and respectful.  The host, Justin Brierley did a very good job of moderating and asking the right questions.  Let me know what you think.  Fuz spent some time talking about the book Who Was Adam? he co-wrote with Hugh Ross which, I am embarrassed to say, I have not read yet.  I need to do that post-haste. 


  1. Well articulated.
    I thought it was an interesting point about early h. sapiens using tools etc along side Neanderthal's and not immediately farming.
    Rana and Ross seem to inconsistently follow the evidence of science when it comes to earth's age but not evolution. Though Rana doesn't shy from evidence or dismiss it easily. Both are thoughtful men well in tune with the latest findings.

  2. There were a couple of things, though. Fuz remarked that the evidence for farming is being pushed back further than it was even a few years ago. Maybe so, but not to 150k years ago. Not close. We might be able to get farming back to 25 or so but no further than that, and yet, we have modern humans between 150-190 ky and quite a bit of evidence of hunting and gathering. It is also pretty hard to avoid the whole "use of the same or very similar tools" issue with Neandertals and moderns.

  3. Thanks for the shout out re: "mortuary practices" of Homo naledi.