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My abstract from Reclaiming Wisdom

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I thought some of you might like to read my abstract from the conference last weekend.  So here you go.

After Adam: Thoughts on the Integration of Biblical and Human History Todd Charles Wood
During his lifetime, Leonardo da Vinci witnessed the beginning of a remarkable and ongoing expansion of knowledge about human history.  As Leonardo entered middle age, Christopher Columbus brought the “New World” of the American continents to the permanent attention of western Europe, sparking the Age of Exploration.  These explorations disrupted the European view of the world, as exemplified by the medieval Mappa Mundi (map of the world).  The typical medieval map integrated geography with biblical history, showing the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe corresponding to the lands settled by Shem, Ham, and Japheth respectively.  Leonardo produced his own Mappa Mundi in 1514, which included representations of the Americas.  The discovery of whole continents inhabited with unique animals, plant…