More evidence that supports the notion that Neanderthals were not subhuman ape-men but truly human.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science ... bones.html
This was thought to be only a Homo Sapien Sapien thing-usually Cro-Magnons to my knowledge made them.
When you say "truly human"... what does that really mean?
Were Neanderthals species homo sapiens sapiens?
Did Neanderthals exhibit some behaviors that were also exhibited by species homo sapiens sapiens around 200,000 years ago?
Did Neanderthals exhibit some behaviors that were also exhibited by species homo sapiens sapiens around 50,000 years ago?
Possibly, but that is still up in the air.
Did Neanderthals ever exhibit the behaviors that were exhibited by species homo sapiens sapiens during the Neolithic Revolution around 10,000 years ago?
No, and Neanderthals became extinct tens of thousands of years before the Neolithic Revolution and the beginning of human civilization.
So genetically I do not think we can equate Neanderthals and Humans (species homo sapiens sapiens).
And behaviorally I do not think we can equate Neanderthals with Humans (species homo sapiens sapiens) at the time of the Neolithic Revolution... Which corresponds to the time of Adam and Eve when they became the first humans to come into personal relationship with God, to know good and evil, and through whom sin and spiritual death passed to all men.
I'm still trying to work through this myself...
But the Scriptural evidence seems to indicate that Adam was the first human (species homo sapiens sapiens) to become a "living soul" (Gen 2:7)
(this is an indication... not a certainty)
However, Scripture also indicates that mankind was created as an "image bearer of God" (Genesis 1:26) prior to the historical Adam becoming a "living soul" (Gen 2:7)
So what does it mean to be truly human
1. Is any hominid that is a sub-species of Homo Sapiens truly human?
2. Is any member of species homo sapiens sapiens truly human?
3. Does one have to be an image bearer of God to be truly human (Gen 1:26)?
4. Does one have to be a "living soul" to be truly human (Gen 2:7)?
If we accept the premise that Adam and Eve were the first spiritual humans, then it is impossible for Neanderthals to have been spiritual beings because they went extinct long before the time of Adam and Eve.
Still working through the implications of all this, but that is where I'm leaning at the moment.