A Question I Was Asked:

What About the Teachings of Michael Cremo?

A Question I Was Asked:

As a Christian should I accept the teachings and theories of Michael Cremo? Some of it is intriguing, though I have doubts.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Michael Cremo describes himself as a "Vedic creationist," in short, he is a Hindu, regarding religious outlook. He also believes that our earth is probably billions of years old and that men and women have been around for most of that time! Indeed, much Hindu thought accepts some, or many, of the principles of Darwinism, though insisting on an original divine creation. Cremo, however, fully rejects evolution as currently taught. For Michael Cremo, it is a matter of the long antiquity of men and women - not a gradual evolution from lower species. In a sense, therefore, Cremo is an 'old earth creationist.' I would say, however, that his rejection of Christianity means that he is generally not a good creationist teacher for Christians to consult.

Certainly some things he has stated, including his knowledge that men and women cannot be reduced merely to matter and to a number of chemicals, but that we have a 'divine life spark' revealing a divine origin, are perfectly correct. Scientists (he has stated) will never be able to recreate that in any test tube experiment and, of course, that is certainly correct.

To go into just a little more depth, Cremo is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and the Bhaktivedanta Institute. In 1993, Cremo co-wrote Forbidden Archeology with Richard L. Thompson. The book claims that humans have lived on the earth for billions of years, and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence of extreme human antiquity.

Very much to the contrary, most Christians (but not all) believe (with very strong evidence, I may say) that the human creation is only a few thousand years old and - for sure - it is quite well-established that the oldest human civilisation which we know of dates to only circa 4,000BC. To quote from our article, Accessible Evidences of a Young Earth,

Let us look at what we know about the major early civilisations:

  • The Sumerians are thought to go back to about 4,000BC by some, although 2,900 to 3,000 BC is thought more likely by other authorities.
  • The Egyptian dynasties go back to circa 3,000BC
  • The Babylonians go back to circa 2000BC
  • The Mayans go back to circa 1800BC
  • The oldest Chinese dynasties go back to about 1,700BC

If people have been around for so long [that is, as evolutionists claim], why did it take them so long to establish cities and civilisations? All the evidence which the vital discipline of archaeology is able to produce suggests a human population of this earth which is only a few thousand years old.

So most Christian creationists would not agree with Cremo's view, neither (for very different reasons), would mainstream science.

Robin A. Brace. April 21st, 2013.