I'm sure we helped them along by killing them and interbreeding.
Actually, yes, we did. There was a short span of Human History where we, Modern Humans, and Cro-Magnon man, co-existed. We forcibly hunted them down and wiped them out and also interbred with them. Occasionally, even today, genetic throw-backs are born. Have you ever been walking down the street and seen a person with a very pronounced and sloping forehead? This is a recessive trait and that re-asserted its-self.
For a brief period though, Neanderthals did exist at the same time as modern humans.
As a firm believer in Christ, I believe that in order for a being to have a "soul", he/she must be given that soul by God. We mere mortals haven't the ability to give a soul to a being.
Ok, being a Redneck, I'm sure you've heard of the Cloned Sheep named "Dolly". So, does Dolly not have a soul? Is it a soul-less monster that is shunned by other sheep? No. The other sheep accept her and treat her as any other sheep. If we have souls, so do animals. I happen to love my pets very much and I refuse to believe that they don't have a soul just because they are a "animal". We Humans are animals too.
Oh! Oh! And while we're at it....can we bring back some real idiots just so we can kill them again? You know..people like Hitler.
Ok, before I say this, let me say I am NOT a Racist or Nazi in any way-shape-or form. Anyway, on to my point...
Hitler was a Genius. He was a Political Genius. He was an oratory Genius. Arguably he was a Military Genius as well, though personally I think he made a Huge Blunder by invading Russia. Had he not invaded Russia and he and Stallin would have "Allied", I imagine the "Third Reich" would still be alive and well today. Hitler betrayed Stallin when he launched the invasion of Russia. Although the Americans and British like to think "They" defeated the Nazis, without the Russians pressing from the Eastern front, the western forces would have had a much bigger fight on thier hands and might not have won had Hitler have had access to all the forces he lost fighting the Russians.
Again, I'm NOT defending Hitler or what he did. Even though he was considered a Genius in some aspects, he was still crazy and a mass-murdering, racist, psychopath. By the end of the war he had broken down to the point where any "Genius" that was left was swallowed up by paranoia and schizophrenia.
Because we have stepped on His toes, creation of life is His territory.
If "God" didn't want us to have the knowledge he would limit our understanding, wouldn't he? Why would "God" let us Clone anything if he didn't want us to? Why would he let us drop Atomic Bombs and Kill Million of People unless he wanted us to? Free Will? Our own bad decision making? If Man-kind was created by God, in His image, then that would only lead to reason that all the knowledge we have was given to us By God. Perhaps "Made in His Image" means more then just "looking like" God. Maybe "in His Image" means we posses All the knowledge of God as well, we just haven't learned how to use it correctly yet.
Then again, according to the Bible. We were all stupid until Eve bit into the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. God didn't want that to happen though, did he? No!!! He forbade Adam and Eve from tasting of the fruit of knowledge. Why? Didn't God want us to think for our-selves? Or did God want a bunch of mindless followers?