Ben Carson, one of the Republican frontrunners in the race to be U.S. president, believes archeologists got it wrong about Egypt's pyramids. The huge stone structures were built to store massive quantities of grain, not to serve as tomb for rulers, according to what Carson said in a 1998 graduation speech at Michigan's Andrews University.
And the remarkable pyramids were built not by the pharaohs, but by the biblical Joseph, son of Jacob, Carson hypothesized.
In the Old Testament book of Genesis, Joseph was said to have "stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure," Carson said in a video of the address. Carson been a popular speaker for conservative Christian groups for years. Here's the speech posted on YouTube:
Carson also believes humans have not evolved from other species, but were created as humans by God. In a 2011 speech, he said that Darwin's theory of evolution, which is widely accepted by scientists, is the devil's strategy to undermine God's word. Click here to see our story about Carson and his theory about Satan.
Carson, who is a retired neurosurgeon, was the first surgeon to separate twins who were conjoined at the brain. He is the only Republican close to Donald Trump in current polls in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
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