The oldest homo sapiens fossils are dated to circa 200,000 B. C. What is commonly thought of as “civilization” (architecture and writing and mathematics and philosophy and farming and etc.) doesn’t really start until 5 to 10 thousand years ago. In the last several thousand years, mankind has made amazing technological and intellectual advances: mathematics, philosophy, art, architecture, music, science, theology, submarines, quantum physics, cosmology, evolution, airplanes, interplanetary craft, men on the moon, etc.
But for nearly 200,000 years before all that, mankind basically had stone choppers, wooden spears, and fire? How could homo sapiens spend tens of thousands or a couple of hundred thousand years content with rocks and sticks and fire, while the last several thousand years have witnessed a nigh indescribable explosion in all areas of human culture?
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, I acknowledge that the universe, the world, and life are billions of years old. I acknowledge biological evolution. The sticking point for me is not whether or not man evolved, but the screaming conundrum of mankind doing so much in the last 5 to 10 thousand years but doing so little in the 190,000 years before that. Men being what we are, I can’t imagine human beings content with stones and spears for a span of time that is about 40 times the length of time separating the Great Pyramids from the Apollo moon landings.