Over on Best Syndication, there is an article by Herman Cummings. For those of us in evolution/creation issues, Cummings crops up from time to time, invariably to say the following things:
- Genesis has been misinterpreted by everyone.
- Only one person has figured out what Genesis actually says, and his name is “Herman Cummings”.
- Only one person is qualified and willing to tell others the truth about Genesis, for a fee.
This formula was not even broken when Cummings wrote his amicus curiae brief for the appeals court considering the Selman v. Cobb County case. Given the opportunity to overwhelm the appeals panel with the one, true interpretation of Genesis, all Cummings could do was hint at a possibility: maybe Moses was given visions of the first day of each geological epoch.
There is a sense of a relentless mercenary spirit in these messages, a willingness to plainly tell the world that nobody else either has, or can have, a clue about the interpretation of Genesis. Which makes me wonder whether Cummings insists upon a non-disclosure agreement with everyone who does pay that modest fee for his collected wisdom on Genesis, or whether he is still looking for his first student. Surely, any radical knowledge concerning Cummings and his view of Genesis would have leaked by now, unless we are dealing with the modern equivalent of “The Royal Nonesuch” from Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.
And the bulleted points above really are all that the Best Syndication article boils down to, as the final two paragraphs make clear:
This article is to inform all that a class on Genesis is available to science teachers. The title of the course is “Moses & Creation: Biblical Reality”. It is a 12-hour class that tells the truth about the first three chapters of Genesis, so that the teachers won’t be speaking in ignorance about what Genesis is saying to mankind. Neither theology nor secular science are anywhere close to knowing what advanced scientific knowledge is contained in Genesis.
Therefore, any attempt to formulate any â€œcreationâ€ curriculum without correct technical advice from the leading expert is foolhardy, and is distribution of misinformation.
Sorry, Herman, I’m not buying.
And to some extent, it appears that Herman is not selling, at least not effectively. I see no contact information to allow an interested party to sign up for one of the mentioned seminars. Nor is it apparent that there is any way to obtain the remaining chapters of his 1992 manuscript that are not yet online and which Cummings himself referred to as an “unpublished manuscript” in his amicus curiae brief.<= get_option(\'vc_tag\') ?>> = get_option(\'vc_text_before\') ?> 35638 = get_option(\'vc_human_count_text_many\') ?> = get_option(\'vc_preposition\') ?> 10978 = get_option(\'vc_human_viewers_text_many\') ?> = get_option(\'vc_tag\') ?>>