There’s an article in Discover Magazine titled Human Ancestors Were Consuming Alcohol 10 Million Years Ago. It says:
Using the tools of paleogenetics, scientists have recently traced the evolutionary history of an enzyme that helps us metabolize ethanol, the principal type of alcohol found in adult beverages. Scientists believe early human ancestors evolved their ethanol-digesting ability about 10 million years ago to fortify their diet as they shifted from a tree-based lifestyle to a more ground-based lifestyle.
This genetic switch to alcohol tolerance occurred at roughly the same time as apes moved from the trees to the ground. A period of rapid environmental change was putting pressure on ancient species, as forest ecosystems transitioned to grasslands.
Ordinarily we wouldn’t write about that, but we do so now because it came to the attention of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
As you might expect, ol’ Hambo is furious, and he can’t wait to correct those godless scientists. His response is Human Evolution and Alcohol? We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us and many of Hambo’s bible references omitted. First he mentions the article in Discover Magazine and then he says:
How should Christians understand this study from a biblical worldview?
Beautiful! Hambo cuts right to the essence of the problem. He tells us:
Well, according to the Bible, humans were created fully formed and functional in the image of their Creator. Adam was created from the dust, and Eve from his side. Humans did not shift from a “tree-based lifestyle to a more ground-based lifestyle” because humans did not evolve from ape-like ancestors. And the history of human origins described in the Bible is supported by the observational evidence.
Yeah, Hambo’s got evidence. Let’s read on:
Also, evolutionists, despite all their efforts, have been unable to come up with even one indisputable human ancestor. All of the examples given by evolutionists for our evolutionary ancestry easily fall into one of three categories. They are either parts of humans and apes put together (such as the famous hoax Piltdown man), apes that have been upgraded to a humanlike status by emphasizing certain characteristics (such as Lucy), or humans that have been downgraded to ape-like status by emphasizing certain characteristics (like Neanderthals historically have been).
Uh huh. There’s no evidence for human evolution. Hambo continues:
But none of these are real ape-men — they are only ape-men in the minds and imaginations of those committed to the worldview that life evolved over millions of years. To learn more about supposed ape-men I encourage you to order [some creationist book].
Okay — Hambo has decisively demolished the fantasy of human evolution. What about alcohol? He turns his great intellect to that topic:
Now, alcohol is mentioned throughout the Bible (Genesis 27:28; Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:18), with the earliest reference being post-Flood when Noah consumed too much wine and became drunk (Genesis 9:21).
For that earliest reference about Noah, Hambo only mentions Genesis 9:21, but here is that passage in context (King James version, of course):
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Your Curmudgeon won’t comment on the ghastly deed committed by Ham (the biblical one), nor will we digress about the use of that tale to justify slavery. It’s not important for this post, but you can read about it here: The Curse of Ham.
Hey, Hambo says we should have a biblical worldview, so there’s another early mention of wine that Hambo somehow forgot to cite. It’s in Genesis 19. You know how that one goes. Right after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, one of Lot’s daughters says to the other:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
Verily, there much to be learned about alcohol in the bible. Anyway, here’s more from Hambo:
Our bodies having the enzymes they need to be able to metabolize the ethanol found in alcohol (these enzymes are also used to break down natural alcohol molecules found in various foods) has nothing to do with evolution.
If Hambo says it, you know it’s true. And now we come to the end:
When we read studies or news articles like the recent story about human evolution and alcohol, we need examine them in light of what the Bible teaches. Life, including human life, did not evolve so there is no reason to search for the evolutionary beginning of anything.
That is so true! When you have the bible, there’s no reason to do any research about anything.
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