James Ussher made the remarkable statement that the world began sometime in 4004 BC.
This has been the butt of centuries worth of mocking, maybe even justified mocking. But let us turn this idea on it's head just for the sake of argument. Let us take the step of saying that that perhaps mankind came into being around 4004 BC. There can be not proof for this, just a different way of looking at the problem. As this is a matter of faith, proof in the empirical sense in not strictly necessary.
I am not going to argue that the universe came into being in 4004 BC. I am not stupid. The evidence for the age of the the universe at approximately 13.7 billion years is too solid to ignore.
I will not argue that the earth came into being in 4004 BC either. I feel comfortable with the age of the earth at around 4.5 billion years.
Nor will I be caught into the trap that the bodily form that man inhabits came into being in 4004 BC. The bodily form that we use has been around quite some time, thank you very much.
What I will propose is that to be a member of mankind is to:
- Possess a soul.
- Have the same basic set of genes as >99% of the current human population
This cannot ever be proven. Perhaps it is merely a facile argument to rationalize my personal faith. That being said I will work on this idea over time and add supporting evidence if I can find it and if I think of anything to refute it, hopefully I will be intellectually honest enough to include that as well.
(Note) There is no way to prove or disprove this. It actually has a bunch of nasty implications when you sit down to think of it. I am not all that fond of the idea, but there may be some merit. Who knows, just woolgathering.