Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism by Robert T.Pennock

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Creationsm vs Evolution

Genesis 11:1-9 claims that God created all languages at the same moment whilst modern scientific thought proposes it to be evolving continually. This study compares the evolution of languages or linguistics to Darwin’s theory of genetic evolution using linguistic evolution, as much quicker and therefore a more apparent example to discuss the topic. It highlights a shift within creationism to theistic science whereby factors such as intelligent evolving design is used to strengthen neo-crea-tionist viewpoints within modern scientific development.

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The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

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Describes a universe whereby people are born into an infinite library of hexagonal rooms connected by two corridors of which contain a spiral staircase accessing the floors above and below and a small toilet and separate sleeping space from each corridor. Each hexagonal room has four of its six walls occupied by a bookcase some 2m in height containing five shelves. Each shelf contains thirty-five books which all have four hundred and ten pages, forty lines per page and eighty letters per line. Between each hexagon is a vast air shaft; an infinite drop. The books contain every single possible combination of characters in every single language thought to exist and the storey focuses on the frustration of people not being able to understand or find a book which makes sense and the search for a book which must catalogue the position of all the other books. The population of this ‘world’ used to be one person every three hexagon’s but due to suicides the population has reduced and now people can wander for weeks or months before coming across another.

 

‘Babel’ in Art

 

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  1. Babylon Tower by Wasteland 3D
  2. BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder The Tower of Babel, 1563
  3. Marten Van Valckenborch I 1535 to 1612
  4. Tower of Babel, Abel Grimmer 1570 to 1619
  5. Tower of Babel, MC Escher

The Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel

The City of Babel as recorded in Genesis 11:1-9 aims to provide explanation for the origin of different Languages. It relays the myth of a great tower constructed by a united humanity of one language in an attempt to reach the heavens. God, seeing this, confounded their speech and scatted them to all corners of the globe. Could the internet be seen as our ‘Babel’?

“1.Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in and settled there.
2.They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
3 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
4 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
5 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
6 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
7 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
8 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth”.
— Genesis 11:4–9