The Origin of Heathendom

I found an American edition of a little book entitled The Origin of Heathendom. The author’s name, “Ben Adam”, is obviously a pseudonym.  The Foreward to the American edition (published  by Bethany Fellowship, Minneapolis MN in 1963 and reprinted in 1964) is written by Arthur E. Bloomfield, who praised the work. There is a previous Foreword apparently by this “Ben Adam” written in 1937 at Exeter in England. In the Foreword it is stated that the primary reason for the book was to demonstrate the “origin” of the “heathen” or the Gentiles.

However, there is much more examined in this most interesting book. The writer is both a Hebrew and a Greek scholar.  He opines that the “dispersion” of the Gentiles began in the plain of Sumer [Shinar]. The writer believes that all the land was initially gathered together into one “super” continent, but following the flood “in the days of Peleg” the earth was “divided” and the  present day continents were formed when sections of the “super” continent drifted apart. These actions seemingly require a great deal of time.

With the creation of man (homo sapiens), God gave him dominion over the earth. This human dominion was frustrated when Satan deceived man and he fell into sin and death. Ultimately, dominion will be restored by the “seed of the woman”, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The writer seems to embrace the “gap theory” and believes that the creation story represents “re-creation” after “some Satanic outburst” caused the destruction of the planet.

Animal sacrifice was instituted as a remedial forgiveness for Adam and Eve’s sin. An animal was slain by God and its skin was given to the naked couple to cover them. Cain and Abel were twins born of Adam and Eve after their ejection from the Garden. Eve mistakenly thought at first that Cain the firstborn of the twins was the “promised seed” of Jehovah God. Satan, when he saw the life of Cain, knew better. He thought that perhaps Abel was the “seed” and so he provoked Cain to slay him.

The writer (“Ben Adam” or “Son of Adam”) developes the theory of the “fallen angels” in chapter six of Genesis. His theory is very convincing. Although he knows that this theory causes “considerable opposition” from religious leaders, he feels that it is the truth and demonstrates very ably that this is the import of the scriptures.

Needless to say, an elaborate theory of the consequences of the fall of man, the damage done by the group of “fallen angels” (“the sons of God”) in Genesis 6 is meticulously built up by the author. It makes for interesting reading and answers more questions than it raises.

I tried to search everywhere in vain to find another copy of this marvelous book. Needless to say, I was able to locate one copy throughout all my searching was quite expensive. I have held on to the small paperback copy which I have, although the pages are falling out.