Posted by: Tony | September 10, 2007

Paul Washer sermons

Here are some links to a few Paul Washer messages:

HeartCry Missionary Society – Home

YouTube – Paul Washer – Shocking Message (full length)

TRUTH MATTERS: Paul Washer

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Posted by: Tony | July 10, 2007

Praise God for a successful time at the NEA!

The NEA conference was very successful in the sense that we had tremendous opportunity to share the truth of creation and the gospel message with many public school teachers. Check out the blog at http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs

Posted by: jesuswarrior | June 24, 2007

I’m Going to the NEA

Every year the NEA (national educators association) has a conference, here different organizations have booths for teachers to come and look at and either receive free samples or buy some materials. Well for the past 11 years Answers in Genesis as sponsored a booth of a former public school teacher at this conference. My dad and I are going to volunteer at the booth. This year the theme will be centered around AIG’s new book Evolution Exposed written by a former public school teacher, Roger Patterson. In this book he takes an in depth look at the three major biology books used by most public schools and shows why the arguments for evolution used by them are false. The book is available at AIG’s website. Here at the conference AIG will GIVE away 2000 copies of this new book along with numbers of other DVDs and pamphlets. I hope that God will use this outreach to show the teachers principles and school administrators who receive the materials the falsehood of evolution, and that more importantly they come to be saved from their sins and put their faith in Jesus.

In these audio clips you will hear John Piper talk about his philosophy of Christian Hedonism and what its implications for the Christian life are. These clips come from three different sermons. Of course not everything that comes out of Piper’s mouth is wrong. He may be able to expound upon certain biblical doctrines very well. Unfortunately his whole life philosophy is Christian Hedonism which is to say, unbiblical and ultimately self-centered at heart (at the motive level).

For most, what you will hear will shock you. You will start to see that John Piper really is a hedonist, albeit a ‘Christian’ hedonist. He is entirely concerned with his own happiness and will do whatever makes him happiest. It is a very self-centered philosophy. Phil 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit but with humility of mind consider others as more important than yourself. Do not look out for your own interests but also for the interests of others.” Christian hedonism is completely self-interested and goes against this and many other Bible verses

You might think it would be the gospel, or “Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!” or something Biblical like that. Instead listen for yourself and start to undertand that John Piper really is a hedonist and wants you to be a hedonist. As Piper himself said, “I’m not playing word games.” The philosophy of Christian Hedonism mandates that this is THE message that people need to hear MOST.

Christian Hedonism is fundamentally real hedonism. The term ‘Christian’ is simply a modifier to the core concept. Hedonism is a philosophy that says life is all about maximizing our own pleasure. It just happens to be ‘Christian’ because Piper figured out that God is the thing that gives you the most pleasure. So, yes, it is pleasure in God, but the motivation, the motive, the heart is self-centered (ungodly) and God looks at the heart, not merely the external actions.

For example, two people may give money to the poor, one with a motive of self-righteousness (to earn favor with God), the other with a motive of godly compassion. The external actions look the same, but the heart is what makes one acceptable to God and the other not. If both a hedonist and a Christian give alms to the poor, it may look the same outwardly, but the hedonist is doing it to please himself, the Christian is doing it to please God. Only one of these will be acceptable to God. Christian Hedonism unabashedly proclaims that THE reason we should give alms to the poor is for the pleasure it brings to self.

Posted by: jesuswarrior | May 16, 2007

Paul Washer Sermon

You have to watch and listen to this youtube video of a part of a Paul Washer sermon. Just keep in mind this question, Are you SURE that you are saved.

The following are excerpts from an article by Craig W. Booth on John Piper’s thesis of “Christian Hedonism”. To read the entire article, you can click here http://www.thefaithfulword.org/wakeupcall.html Piper’s philosophy is disturbingly unbiblical and this article points out one of my main concerns which is that it is ultimately a self-centered motivational system.

Awake the Sleeper
When “Christian Hedonism” was introduced in 1986, it was billed by its conceiver, Dr. John Piper, as a “wake-up call” to the believers in every church so that their “slumbering hearts be stabbed broad awake” (Piper, page 55, Desiring God, 1996 edition). Broad awake to the “radical implication … that pursuing pleasure in God is our highest calling.” (Piper, page 21, The Dangerous Duty of Delight, 2001 edition) Converts to this nouveau philosophy sincerely feel that the acquisition of personal pleasure (sensations of good feelings) is a higher order obligation and better pursuit than any other command or pursuit, such as pursuing love for others.

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Does Salvation Take More Than Faith?
Among the most serious of the issues surrounding the “Christian Hedonism” movement is that salvation is no longer held to be fully dependent on faith in Jesus Christ alone, but also on whether a person adheres to this recently unveiled philosophy.

“Unless a man be born again into a Christian Hedonist he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John Piper, Desiring God, page 55)

“Could it be that today the most straightforward biblical command for conversion is not, ‘Believe in the Lord,’ but, ‘Delight yourself in the Lord’?” (John Piper, Desiring God, page 55)

“The pursuit of joy in God is not optional. It is not an ‘extra’ that a person might grow into after he comes to faith. Until your heart has hit upon this pursuit, your ‘faith’ cannot please God. It is not saving faith.” (John Piper, Desiring God, page 69)

“Not everybody is saved from God’s wrath just because Christ died for sinners. There is a condition we must meet in order to be saved. I want to try to show that the condition is nothing less than the creation of a Christian Hedonist.” (John Piper, Desiring God, page 61)

According to this philosophy, all faith in Christ is invalid and is irrelevant because it is “not saving faith” until one has met the condition of becoming a “Christian Hedonist,” which carries the same weight and place of prominence in salvation as does conversion itself. And before salvic conversion itself is possible, one must become a “Christian Hedonist” by having satisfied the precondition to salvation by first finding Christ to be a treasure chest of joy.

“We are converted when Christ becomes for us a Treasure Chest of holy joy.” (John Piper, Desiring God, page 66)

“Something has happened in our hearts before the act of faith. It implies that beneath and behind the act of faith which pleases God, a new taste has been created. A taste for the glory of God and the beauty of Christ. Behold, a joy has been born!” (page 67, bold emphasis added)

Before the decision comes delight. Before trust comes the discovery of treasure.” (page 68, bold emphasis added)

Such invention of a new precondition on the historic doctrine of salvation (the very doctrine which was so courageously defended by the reformers) is troubling. Nor should it be taken lightly that conversion (faith-driven repentance) is now equated with and supplanted by the novel notion of “creation of a Christian Hedonist.”

We must appeal to the Scriptures for clarity. Do such preconditions make themselves plainly and clearly evident in the Word?

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So what is God’s definition of “love for God”, love being our greatest duty and biblically speaking our highest calling? Love is the intentional use of the mind, the heart, and the body to do good to God, to seek to please Him, for the purpose of giving Him holy pleasure (1 Corinthians 13:5, Colossians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, 4:1, Ephesians 6:5,6, Philippians 2:13, 4:18, Hebrews 13:15,16).

Love does not seek to get its own pleasure from the one loved–that is the very definition of selfishness. Rather, love seeks to give good to others, to give pleasure to others, to ensure the welfare of others.

Hedonism makes its ambition to receive pleasure. Hedonism jealously craves pleasure for itself. Love seeks to give; to give good to others, to give away pleasure.

Regarding hedonism, this is perhaps the single most important understanding one can take away. Hedonism seeks to get pleasure for itself. The getting is the priority. The getting of good feelings and sensations is the purpose behind living. On the other extreme is love; love seeks always to give.

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. (James 3:14-17)

The pursuit of one’s own pleasure is self-focused ambition. The good to be obtained is for self. It is selfishness. Selfishness leads to disorder because the very philosophy is earthly, natural, demonic. Hedonism is always focused internally on self.

Love is always focused externally, outward toward others. Love is selfless because it reaches outward to do good to others and for one’s neighbors.

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Here too “Christian Hedonism” makes an uncomfortable doctrinal misstep. “Christian Hedonism” elevates the “pursuit of joy” to be the most important work of man, and presumably the most important commandment of God.

“To that end this book aims to persuade you that ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever’.” (Piper, Desiring God, page 15)

“The radical implication is that pursuing pleasure in God is our highest calling.” (Piper, page 21, The Dangerous Duty of Delight)

“Maximizing our joy in God is what we were created for.” (Piper, page 16, Dangerous Duty)

“The aim of life is to maximize our joy.” (Piper, page 19, Dangerous Duty)

In spite of the biblical evidence to the contrary, “Christian Hedonism” calls out for man to make the self-focused pursuit of his own joy his “highest calling,” his “chief end,” the reason for his very creation, and his “aim of life.”

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3,4

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Is Biblical Worship a Feast for Hedonists?

Worship is a “feast” for Christian Hedonists. That is how Chapter Three of Desiring God describes worship. Why a feast? A feast implies satisfying one�s personal hunger at a table set before him for that very purpose, and so this is consistent with the hedonism theme. Again, the focus is on pleasing self. The individual worshipper becomes the one “getting,” filling themselves up on pleasant feelings, sensations, and emotions.

“Christian Hedonism does not put us above God when it makes the joy of worship its goal.” (Piper, Desiring God, page 85, 1996, bold emphasis added)

“I came to see that it is unbiblical and arrogant to try to worship God for any other reason than the pleasure to be had in him.” (Piper, Desiring God, page 16, 1996 edition, bold emphasis added)

What an extraordinary picture this is compared with authentic worship as described in 1 Corinthians 14. Paul explains that worship is where everyone comes fully prepared to give; to give a prophecy, to call sinners to repent, to give a teaching, a revelation, a psalm, and all things spoken in the service are to be verbally edifying. What a distance lies between the statements “getting joy from worship is worship’s true goal” and “the worship you give is to be verbally edifying.” Which goal is authentic?

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The Harm of Hedonism

Aside from becoming distracted from God’s most important priority for our lives (to love and obey Him), what harm is there in practicing and preaching “Christian Hedonism”? When one comes to God merely for the joy of it, Jesus warns that he may miss entirely his place in paradise.

“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. … And those [seeds that fell] on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.” (Luke 8:11,13)

Joy alone is an invalid motivation for seeking out God or salvation as it generates no firm root of faith. Until one sees that the God of the universe is holy and intends to judge all sin, and has the authority and power to condemn one’s spirit to an eternal hell, only then can one appreciate the sense of Jesus’ words: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

Conclusion
As Christians we are under compulsion by God to put aside empty and misleading philosophies that do not originate from His Word, such as the proposition offered by “Christian Hedonism.” While appealing on many levels of emotion and senses, it is after all a mere precept of men.

Pursue love for God (taking note that obedience claims a sizable and healthy participation in the definition of love) as one’s most important duty and highest calling. Keep attentive to the fact that hedonism is preoccupied with “getting” while love’s occupation is “giving.” Answer the wake-up call, spare the future spiritual children of the gospel the agony of having the seed of the Word fall on the rocky soil of “Christian Hedonism.”

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl.12:13 NIV)

Please go here http://www.thefaithfulword.org/wakeupcall.html to gain more information by reading the entire article.

The following are excerpts from a follow up article by Craig W. Booth on John Piper’s motto of “God is MOST glorified in us when we are MOST satisfied in Him”. I highly recommend you click here http://www.thefaithfulword.org/mostsatisfiedwhen.html to read the entire article. I believe it shows very well how Piper’s motto is not biblical. Please examine this with an open heart, mind and Bible.

No Exceptions

When we use the word “MOST” to qualify any statement, we are making that a statement of absolute truth. In other words, it is an absolute extreme. To be the “most qualified candidate” means there are absolutely no exceptions to the rule, there are no candidates more highly qualified. You have established the extreme endpoint. When the word “most” is attached to any phrase, it becomes an absolutely exceptionless standard. This thing that is “most” is the only thing that meets the criteria, it becomes the absolute standard.

Such descriptors as “most”, “highest”, “chief”, make the statement unequivocal; they establish a standard of absoluteness. By way of contrast, the word “almost” is a statement of equivocation. It is “almost the best”, but other things can also be as good or better. “Most”, “highest”, “chief” are absolutes and exclude all other options.

When a statement about God is made in absolute (extreme endpoint) terms, there must be an equally strong absolute statement made in Scripture to back it up. In other words, if you say “most”, God must clearly agree by having revealed in the Word a statement that also says “most”, otherwise, you have simply made an educated guess.

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Opinions Masquerading as Truthful Absolutes

Problems begin when we humans state things as if they were absolute extremes when in fact the assertion is equivocal and should have been stated in terms of an opinion. Such assertions should not be stated in absolute terms because the alleged truth they proffer cannot be proven from Scripture. If one were to attempt to make an absolute statement from an equivocal “truth”, he would be forced to resort to feats of questionable logic or to appeal to extra-biblical materials.

One of the more invalid means of coming up with false “absolutes” is to count up the number of times something is mentioned in the Bible. If it is a big number, then it becomes erroneously labeled as the “most”. Should someone say, for example, that Hell is mentioned more often than Heaven in a certain segment of Scriptures, then they might assert that “Hell is the most important topic in the Bible”. This absolute statement is improper because it is unsupported by a direct quotation of Scripture that says this same thing. Instead, you are obligated to turn this into an equivocal statement given the research, such as, “Hell is an important topic in the Bible.” How important? Could other topics be more important? To use the word “most” requires the researcher to be very careful to find a Bible verse that mirrors the absoluteness of the statement, otherwise, it is just a guess. All guesses are equivocal by nature and by definition.

Some examples of equivocal statements worded in a way to make them appear absolute are:
Judas was the most evil man who ever walked the Earth
Hitler was the most evil man who ever walked the Earth
Death by Roman crucifix was the most painful death anyone could ever experience
Being burned alive was the most painful death anyone could ever experience
Divorce is the sin God hates more than any other
Idolatry is the sin God hates more than any other

Any one of those equivocal statements may or may not be true. How would you prove it? One could argue persuasively from either position, for or against, but no person could point to the one verse of Scripture or even hard scientific fact to conclusively answer the question. Adding the absolute qualifier (“most”, “every”, “any other”) takes the assertion from being a valid comment of opinion and makes it either absolutely true or absolutely false.

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As we do know , no verse reveals to us when God is “most” glorified. Nor is there a verse that says what it is that we must do to bring God the “most” glory. So how would one truly, absolutely know that one thing is the only thing that most glorifies God? Again, any assertion like that, without a specific verse that absolutely makes the same statement, is a guess. Assertions based on guesswork are unfit to be called creeds because they may or may not be absolutely true. Equivocal assertions are opinions, philosophies, and debatable matters which are only fit to be energetically discussed over the lunch table; but they should never be represented as “the” truth or as Scripture. Teaching debatable matters as absolute truth is actually condemned by the New Testament (1 Timothy 6:4, Titus 3:9).

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Satisfaction–Internally-focused Reward, Love for God–Outwardly-focused Adoration

To summarize, “satisfaction” as defined in the secular dictionary and in the Bible is:
the reparation for my sin,
the fulfillment of my desires,
my contentment,
my enjoyment,
my compensation,
and that my uncertainty has been replaced with assurance.

Compare this biblical understanding of “satisfaction” with the motto we have been evaluating, “God is MOST glorified in us when we are MOST satisfied in Him.” Hopefully the reader can see the gap that is before us. Satisfaction is a reward God imparts to us for our repentance–our sin debts are satisfied, and we are now content with being in the presence of God, goodness, holiness, and righteousness. But being satisfied with our reward is not quite the same as returning love to God.

Consider that being satisfied, or receiving satisfaction, is inwardly directed; focused on myself. Satisfaction means “my contentment”, “my sin debt is paid”, “my needs have been satiated”, “my pleasures have been met”, “to be assured of my salvation.” What is missing from the definition of “satisfaction” is the concept of service to another, adoration of another, affection of another. The very concept of satisfaction is “me-centered”. Satisfaction by its very core meaning and extended definitions is inwardly directed, self-interested.

Perhaps this is why Jesus did not answer the scribe by saying that the greatest commandment was to “be satisfied in God.” And perhaps this is why Paul tells us several different times that love is the greatest Christian quality, greater even than hope and faith. Just perhaps it is because love is focused outwardly and satisfaction is focused inwardly.

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Conclusion

Many people have been helped to see that joy is a necessary part of the Christian life by reading the works of Dr. Piper. Many people have been motivated to overcome sin habits by referring to the rewards that God will give us some day for abandoning our evil ways. For these outcomes we praise God.

Still, when people replace God’s Word with men’s words and think they have the precepts of God, they end up teaching falsely, even if it is done in ignorance. This leads to such problems as legalism, being judgmental, elitism, and improper interpretations of genuine Scripture because their frame of reference has been compromised.

If an absolute statement is not completely true, then it is absolutely false. The motto “God is MOST glorified in us when we are MOST satisfied in Him” has two absolute extremes (“most” and “most”) embedded in it. And yet, the expression has not even one Bible verse that underpins what is absolutely asserted.

Equally disturbing is the lack of focus in this motto on the concept of “love for God”. The emphasis is on self-focused satisfaction–a seeking of the reward while ignoring the love one must necessarily exhibit outwardly to receive the reward inwardly.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 1John 5:3

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. 2 John 1:6a

What then is the remedy to this situation? Keep joy as our right and obligation in the Lord. Remove from our vocabulary the precepts of men that would appeal to us as if they were in some way Scripture.

Click here http://www.thefaithfulword.org/mostsatisfiedwhen.html to read the entire article.

Posted by: Tony | April 24, 2007

"God is Most Glorified…When?" by Craig W. Booth

The following is an excerpt from an article dealing with the ‘motto’ of John Piper’s philosophy of Christian Hedonism. The rest of this excellent article can be found here http://www.thefaithfulword.org/mostglorifiedwhen.html. If you have ever been interested in Piper’s teaching or ‘Christian Hedonism’, this critique on the motto is worthwhile reading. My thanks to Craig Booth for allowing me to post this series (yes there will be more) evaluating ‘Christian Hedonism’ in light of Scripture.

A Creed of Men
In recent years a new creed has become a mantra within the Christian world. Recently I found this creed quoted on about 100 web sites. The creed, coined by a popular contemporary author who publicly embraces a quirky mix of modern “signs and wonders” and Calvinism, is this:

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

Dr. John Piper, author of Desiring God–Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, wrote this creed (page 50) and now uses it on some of his published material much as one would use a logo or a motto.

Dr. John Piper, author of , wrote this creed (page 50) and now uses it on some of his published material much as one would use a logo or a motto.Having a logo or a motto is of no concern. But in recent years many pastors and churches have adopted this expression in much the same way a doctrinal creed is embraced. The problem? This creed is not biblical, it is not scriptural, it is not traditional, in fact, it is not even logical. It is nothing more than a newly invented precept of men. (Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7)

God is Most Glorified…When? When is God most glorified? You can search the Bible for a lifetime and not find the verse that states when God is most glorified. There are certainly many passages that provide statements that show that God is glorified by many things. But none are presented as the one thing that most glorifies Him.

When is God glorified? You can search the Bible for a lifetime and not find the verse that states when God is glorified. There are certainly many passages that provide statements that show that God is glorified by many things. But none are presented as one thing that glorifies Him

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The concept of “God is most glorified when” is extra-biblical. Trying to fill in that blank does not place one on a higher spiritual plane, it simply means that one is ignoring the Bible, unwilling to accept that God has not revealed His entire mind to the human race. There are mysteries that God has chosen to keep for Himself about Himself (Romans 11:34, 1Corinthians 2:16).

Conclusion “God is most glorified when” is a phrase and a concept God has purposely chosen not to reveal to us in the pages of scripture. Dr. Piper’s expression is not only unbiblical and illogical, it is speculative and therefore dangerous. Used as a creed it becomes a “precept of men” which God hates (Hosea 5:11, Isaiah 29:13, Jeremiah 8:6-9, Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7, Colossians 2:22, Titus 1:14). When taught to our impressionable children, as if it were somehow a quote from the Bible, we impose on our children the leaven of the Pharisees (Matthew 16:12) who Christ vehemently condemned because they taught “the precepts of men” as if they were also scripture (Matthew 15:9).

“God is most glorified when” is a phrase and a concept God has purposely chosen not to reveal to us in the pages of scripture. Dr. Piper’s expression is not only unbiblical and illogical, it is speculative and therefore dangerous. Used as a creed it becomes a “precept of men” which God hates (Hosea 5:11, Isaiah 29:13, Jeremiah 8:6-9, Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7, Colossians 2:22, Titus 1:14). When taught to our impressionable children, as if it were somehow a quote from the Bible, we impose on our children the leaven of the Pharisees (Matthew 16:12) who Christ vehemently condemned because they taught “the precepts of men” as if they were scripture (Matthew 15:9). 

Read the entire article at http://www.thefaithfulword.org/mostglorifiedwhen.html

Posted by: jesuswarrior | April 18, 2007

Lucy, No longer Proof of Evolution?

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post stated that Israeli Paleontologists have claimed that they have proved that “Lucy” no longer proves evolution. Here is the article from Jerusalem Post’s website.

Tel Aviv University anthropologists say they have disproven the theory that “Lucy” – the world-famous 3.2-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found in Ethiopia 33 years ago – is the last ancestor common to humans and another branch of the great apes family known as the “Robust hominids.”

The specific structure found in Lucy also appears in a species called Australopithecus robustus. Prof. Yoel Rak and colleagues at the Sackler School of Medicine’s department of anatomy and anthropology wrote, “The presence of the morphology in both the latter and Australopithecus afarensis and its absence in modern humans cast doubt on the role of [Lucy] as a common ancestor.”

The robust hominids were discovered in southern Africa 69 years ago and are believed to have lived between 2 million and 1.2 million years ago. Their jaws and jaw muscles were adapted to the dry environment in which they lived.

Rak and colleagues studied 146 mature primate bone specimens, including those from modern humans, gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans and found that the “ramus element” of the mandible connecting the lower jaw to the skull is like that of the robust forms, therefore eliminating the possibility that Lucy and her kind are Man’s direct ancestors. They should therefore, the Israeli researchers said, “be placed as the beginning of the branch that evolved in parallel to ours.”

Their research has just been published in the on-line edition of PNAS, the Proceedings of the [US] National Academy of Sciences.

Lucy, which means “you are wonderful” in Amharic, was discovered (40 percent of its skeleton) by the International Afar Research Expedition in Ethiopia’s Awash Valley. Fitting the bones together, they said it was an upright walking hominid (Homo sapiens, which comprises modern Man and extinct manlike species). They later found its jaws and additional bones.

Further analysis led the Afar researchers to believe it was of a female, and the skeleton listed as AL 288-1 was nicknamed Lucy because the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was often played at the camp.

The specimen was only 1.1 meters tall, estimated to weigh 29 kilograms and look somewhat like a common chimpanzee. Although it had a small brain, the pelvis and leg bones were almost identical in function with those of modern humans, proving that these hominids had walked erect.

Although fossils closer to chimpanzees have been found since then, Lucy – which is housed in the national museum in Addis Ababa – is prized by anthropologists who study Man’s origin.

Rak and his colleagues also wrote that the structure of Lucy’s mandibular ramus closely matches that of gorillas, which was “unexpected” because chimpanzees are the closest living relatives of humans, and not gorillas.

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