Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Hey, Who Turned on the Lights?

Evolution. Intelligent Design. Creation Science. Creationism. Big Bang.


See, I know what I believe and I have yet to have someone explain either side of the argument to me in a way that moves me much from my chosen position. But it does seem to be raising a few hackles these days, doesn’t it?

So, in the spirit of inquiry, I ask, “Who turned on the lights?”

And while you think about that--and whatever implications it might have--I invite you to peruse the creation mythology of other cultures.

With its bounty of brawny, barrel-chested gods and buxom goddesses, the ancient Norse religion of the Scandinavian and Germanic countries is truly the creation myth for fans of both pro wrestling and heavy metal music. According to Norse lore, before there was Earth (Midgard), there was Muspell, a fiery land guarded by the fire sword-wielding Surt; Ginnungagap, a great void, and Niflheim, a frozen ice-covered land. When the cold of Niflheim touched the fires of Muspell, the giant Ymir and a behemothic cow, Auðhumla, emerged from the thaw. Then, the cow licked the god Bor and his wife into being. The couple gave birth to Buri, who fathered three sons, Odin, Vili, and Vé. The sons rose up and killed Ymir and from his corpse created from his flesh, the Earth; the mountains from his bones, trees with his hair and rivers, and the seas and lakes with his blood. Within Ymir’s hollowed-out skull, the gods created the starry heavens. What can we say: Pure metal magic!!

Rock on, dude!

Check out the rest o the top 10 “Intelligent Designs.”

(Warning: If you have a slightly naughty mind, you might imagine the the illustration of the Egyptian creation myth (number 7) is illustrating a slightly uncomfortable sexual position. Or maybe it’s just me...)


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