Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Young Earth Timeline - Unwrapping the Pharoahs Book Review

Making timelines are a great way to correlate key events in history. However when we studied Ancient History, we ran into a huge problem trying to coordinate timelines for ancient civilizations. 

After marking up our beautiful timeline books, we quickly discovered that something was wrong. Most historians for ancient cultures use an Old Earth/Evolutionary time frame that does not coordinate with Young Earth/Creation logic. Read more about Young Earth v Old Earth here

In short, there is no scientific evidence to support Old Earth timelines. Evolutionary scientists, when cornered, admit that there is no logic to it, but the only alternative to evolutionary theory is creation theory, which demands a belief in God, which evolutionists who are atheistic refuse to do. (Not all evolutionists are atheistic. Most people are evolutionist because that is what they were taught, they took it as authoritive and never questioned it. However scientists who are evolutionists have to know the reasoning behind it.) They'd rather mislead the public than admit the possibility of God. 

 Of course, even creation theory is a theory, but it is the only theory that is supported by credible evidence, as documented by similar scenarios after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, where gorges, peat bogs and petrified forests were created in days and weeks, not millions of years. 

Furthermore, a problem is that there is no written documentation for beginning of time events, especially before the Great Flood. If there had been any documentation, it was wiped out by the worldwide flood. 

The oldest documentations found in ancient civilizations are those of Mesopotamia and the literary piece, Gilgamesh. (That is why most history books start with the Mesopotamian culture. This is near the area where the ark apparently landed, and Noah's family began a new civilization, which resulted in dispersal after the Tower of Babel incident.) 

Nevertheless, a dating system wasn't established until later. By the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, documentation and a regular dating system are established. What to do about the previous dates? 

I made all of this information a history lesson on historic timeline dating to my kids during the week we studied Creation and the Flood in our Ancient History studies. 

Thus while researching historical timeline dates, we obviously ran into multiple suggestions. When in doubt, I told my kids to make their best educated guess which they could support with the most authoritive souce they possibly could, like any historian would need to do, given his resources. 

My kids had fun with that! 

One Rhetoric book we used that helped us tremendously in dating Ancient Egypt, was Unwrapping the Pharoahs: How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline. The author admits his theory is theory, but he backs up his theory from his archaeological research. (Evolutionists rely on carbon dating to "prove" their theory, but carbon dating is reknown for errors. 

Dr. Jay Wile has great science books for homeschoolers that do a great job teaching historical timeline dating from a scientific standpoint. 

Another resource I recently found that coordinated ancient cultures to the timeframe of Biblical events was http://bibletimeline.info/

Updated 2022-6-8:
A new resource that digs into Biblical timeline chronology is Patterns of Evidence, which also has resources for homeschoolers. I've watched their video series, which clearly explains the problem with the old historical timeline with research, interviews with Egyptologists, and video-graphics. They emphasize that the key to the ancient timeline is to correctly date the Egyptian timeline.

Monday, March 23, 2009

What's in a Name? Lafayette, George Mason, and Gunston Hall

My eighth grade English teacher instilled a love of the *right* name in me.  I suppose I never realized how much she influenced me in this way until we started house hunting in Virginia. 

Coming from San Antonio, I have been spoiled by logical, creative, thematic names.  I imagined the street names in Virginia would be incredibly exciting, considering all the history of the area. 

However I have been surprised. by some of the hopeful and less hopeful prospects.  The real estate agents have been laughing at my perspective of street names which has become a running joke.

After all, who wants to live on Tongue Ave? (Yes, there is really a street with that name.)  Hmmm....

We drove by Lauriann Woods subdivision with the main street named Lauriann.  Wow!  Wouldn't that be cool, to live on a street that bears my first and middle name?

I found a house on a street with my son's name...too bad, that was a short sale.

I found a street named Tapestry. Hey, I do a lot of sewing with various fibers! That would be perfect for a future sewing business!  

On a map I found Lafayette Crossing! What is that?  A subdivision? A town?  The site of Lafayette crossing a creek?

Then we drove by Saratoga Heights where the main road was named General George Washington. Now that looked exciting! Suspiciously I asked if there was a Benedict Arnold Ave lurking somewhere. No, the agent informed me that none of the other streets had actually had anything to do with General Washington or Saratoga. That was disappointing, that the streets did not keep with the theme. Well, we had come to look at 2 houses listings on General George Washington Drive. However the agent couldn't bring up a current listing of the first...it sort of disappeared. The second was a short sale. Sounds traitorous to me.

We finally found a house on Gunston Hall Drive.  How unromantic. After all, what is a Gunston Hall?  Is it a place where guns are stored? Nevertheless, the floor plan of the house we looked at was incredible and had a terrific price, so we put an offer on it. That night as we drove up I-95, I saw a brown sign (as in historical landmark): "Gunston Hall, next exit". My daughter suggested that Lafayette slept there, since he visited everyone in America.

That night I googled Gunston Hall and discovered George Mason lived there! He lived on the peninsula south of Mount Vernon and was a fellow burgess with George Washington. He wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which is featured in Revolutionary City at Colonial Williamsburg. The burgesses in Virginia met in Williamsburg and agreed to independence from England and then sent delegates off to the Constitutional Congress to agree on independence while the Declaration of Independence was being written by Thomas Jefferson. And guess who were guests at Gunston Hall?  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Lafayette (of course)!

While we were putting the offer on the house, we got to meet our friendly finance officer, Rick. He asked for my cell phone number and when he heard it he exclaimed, "You're from San Antonio!"  He then told me about his dad who lived near Max Lucado's church.  When I replied that was Oak Hills Church, Rick got more excited. He said his dad lived across from there in the Dominion.  Oh that's where a lot of the San Antonio Spurs live! He told me David Robinson lived there. Oh I knew that! Everyone knows that! He asked if I knew the name of the street he lived on.  No. Admiral Way!  (His nickname was "The Admiral" because he attended the Naval Academy.)  I laughed and told Rick that street names are really important in San Antonio and he agreed. The agent was laughing because of all my previous comments about street names.  Then Rick told me to guess David's house number. Okay it had to be the number on his jersey. I said the number and the agent was laughing and laughing while Rick told me I was correct.   

Alas, someone else got the Gunston Hall house. I am really sad about that. That would have been too cool to tell people I live on Gunston Hall Dr. While I was looking up the floor plan, I discovered the builder is located on Lafayette Circle. sigh