The Origins of Man and Religion

In 1871, Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man, predicted that the origin of man would be found to be in Africa. (John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, The American Atheist Press, PO Bx 2117, Austin, TX, 1985, p. 173.)

In 1883, in The Natural Genesis, Gerald Massey asserted that Africa was the home of man and that Blacks who were Kamites migrated around the world, leaving fossil and cultural evidence, and that the two cultures of Blacks in Britain and Blacks of Australia originated from the same racial origins in Africa. Massey stated that Professor Aldous Huxley observed that the native Egyptians and the Australian Blacks are descended from the same race. (Gerald Massey, The Natural Genesis, 1883, Vol. I, pp. 8-9.)

According to Jackson, modern men have found Pygmy fossils in all lands throughout the world. (Jackson, p. 175.)

Pygmies have certain obvious physical characteristics: short stature, dark skin, frizzled/wiry hair, round faces, broad noses, and thick lips. (Jackson, Chapter XII.)

Dr. Albert Churchward, in The Origin and Evolution of the Human Race, 1921, asserted that (A) the human race originated in Central Africa in the Nile River Valley, particularly the upper regions near the sources of the Nile, and (B) the first humans were Pygmies. (Dr. Albert Churchward, The Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man, p. 3)

Discoveries of human fossils and identified as Pygmy fossils in Africa by Dr. Raymond Dart, Dr. Robert Bloom, Professor Louis Leakey, Mary Leakey, Richard Leakey, and others confirmed Darwin’s prediction, Massey’s observations, and Churchward’s assertions. (Jackson, p. 173.)

In The Origin and Evolution of Religion, 1924, Churchward stated that the first evidence of religion and religious practices were traced back to the Pygmies, the first humans to evolve from the Anthropoid Apes. The Egyptians described the earliest divine men in their mythology as having the physical characteristics of Pygmy men and the earliest Mother Goddess as having the physical characteristics of Pygmy women. (Dr. Albert Churchward, The Origin and Evolution of Religion, London: George Allen and Unwin, 1924, pp. 7-8.)

For twenty years, Jean-Pierre Hallet, an anthropologist, lived in the Congo and studied the people and the culture of the Pygmies of the Ituri Forest and concluded that Christianity originated with the Pygmies.

The Pygmies had a story much like that of the Judeo-Christian Adam, “... the story of a god, a garden paradise, a sacred tree, a noble Pygmy man, who was molded from the dust of the earth, and a wicked Pygmy woman who led him into sin, ... [a] ban being placed by God upon a single fruit, the discovery by God [of the sin of eating the forbidden fruit], the woman’s urging, the man’s reluctance, and the awful punishment he [God] laid upon the ancient Pygmy sinners: the loss of immortality and paradise, the pangs of childbirth, and the curse of hard work.” (Jean-Pierre Hallet, Pygmy Kitabou, Greenwich, Ct.: Fawcett Publications, 1975, p. 37.

According to Jackson, in the religious mythology of the Pygmies was a Father-God and a Virgin Mother whose son was a Savior-God who died for the salvation of man, was resurrected, and ascended into heaven.

Jackson therefore asserts that in the Pygmy culture we find the origns of man and religion, particularly the origins of Christianity before Christ (hence the name of his book). (Jackson, p. 175.)