Last night I stayed up for the Colbert Report, because director Werner Herzog was on. He didn’t disappoint.
Herzog has a new documentary coming out about the Chauvet caves of Southern France. The doc is called, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”
One great thing about the interview was that Herzog stunned Colbert to be the quietest he’s ever been in an interview. Herzog commanded the interview with his intellect and insights.
But my absolute favorite part was when Herzog described the cave paintings as 32,000 years old. Colbert retorted his obligatory, “But the earth is only 6,000 years old … how can that be?”
It got the laughs from the crowd. And soon after, Herzog says, “I do believe that these very intelligent people invented god. But it took god a while to grow up and create the world.”
It was as if Herzog stood up, walked over to Colbert and cerebrally slapped the shit right out of Colbert’s head.
For all intents … man and woman evolved much earlier than the biblical accounts for god. God’s only 10,000 to 6,000 years old by biblical accounts. Creative humanity is much older by thousands of years. Just like humanity evolved artistically, they evolved the concept of god that got good enough for people to want to pass down longer than the other versions of gods that had been invented.
And that’s what makes the world religions of Judaism, Islamism and Christianity what they are today.
To watch the clip, click here or click the image above. The links will take you to the Colbert Nation website.
I’ll take intellect, cave paintings and ancient sculptures over biblical text every day of the week.
For a Christian perspective on the origins of man, check out this recent article in Christianity today called, “The Search for the Historical Adam“.