How do Ethiopians reconcile the theory of Evolution with that of Creation? That country seems to be stuck between the two beliefs. The fossils from Ethiopia vary in age from about 5.2 million to 5.8 million years old, the oldest so far. The discovery which occurred in the Middle Awash River Valley of Ethiopia in 1974 was by a team of scientists led by an anthropologist at the University of California-Berkeley. They discovered the fossilized remains of what they also believe is humanity’s earliest known ancestor, a creature that walked the wooded highlands of East Africa nearly 6 million years ago.
The skeleton shows evidence of small skull capacity akin to that of apes and of bipedal upright walk akin to that of humans, supporting the debated view that Evolution and not Creation brought us here.
But then again, the Ark of the Covenant has been rumoured to be situated in Ethiopia as well. The Kebra Nagast, composed to legitimise the new dynasty ruling Ethiopia after its establishment in 1270, narrates how the real Ark of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I with divine assistance, while a forgery was left in the Temple in Jerusalem. Although the Kebra Nagast is the best-known account of this belief, the belief predates the document. Abu al-Makarim, writing in the last quarter of the twelfth century, makes one early reference to this belief that they possessed the Ark. “The Abyssinians possess also the Ark of the Covenant“, he wrote. [wiki].
The classic account of the Ark in Ethiopia is found in a medieval epic written in Geez, The Glory of Kings. It describes how the Queen of Sheba had heard that King Solomon possessed great *clears thoat* wisdom, and traveled to Jerusalem so that she could learn to govern her own people more wisely. When she arrived, Solomon was impressed by her *clears throat* intelligence. And beauty too I’m sure. He began to hope that he might have a child by her, of course, although the epic is anxious to tell if the king was not driven by lust, but by a plan to fill the earth with sons who would serve the God of Israel.
Although, knowing King Solomon for who he was… Anyway, the queen did conceive a son, and after he had grown he set out from Ethiopia to visit his father. Solomon anointed him as king of Ethiopia, and then instructed the elders of Israel to send their own sons to Africa to serve him as counselors. Because the young Israelites were desperately unhappy that they would never see Jerusalem and its Temple again, they decided to carry the Ark with them. [PBS.org]
Ethiopia has the oldest records of the existence of man which supports Evolution. The same Ethiopia has the Ark of the Covenant. I just wonder how the Christians there cope with the confusion as to what the Bible teaches when they are themselves at close proximity with these bones from millions of years ago that in no way look like those of Adam and Eve.