Woodward Norm Civ WRALC/TIEDM wrote:
> I am new here, and am not a paleontologist…nor do I portray one on the
> However I would like to offer a couple of observations…
> One, that I would not put much weight on an observation made in 1937
> concerning the development of organs.After all, I was taught in high
> school, about forty years ago, that human embryos had functioning
> Two, perhaps the gentleman was referring to the external manifestation
> of an ear, which, as far as I would guess, seems rather distinctive to
> mammals, though, even if I were somewhat correct currently, would be
> difficult to confirm “pre-historically” due to the fragile nature of
> the organ.And the physics of the sound-gathering characteristics of
> this organ may have be germane to some future point the author was
> hoping to make.
> Jeans also refers to the hearing of insects, including the
> statement that "various kinds of butterflies and moths have a pair of
> ears on the thorax", with reference to Beatty's Hearing in Man and
> Animals (Bell, 1932).
> As to the "interesting theological reflection,"I would agree that it
> would be a stretch…
> According to Genesis 1:3, God “spoke” the world into existence, much
> as the words of Christ could quell a storm.So, despite Berkeleyan
> logic to the contrary, sound existed before “ears to hear,” and, to
> paraphrase the ad, “When God talks, EVERYONE listens.
> I do think that it's interesting that while there is a lot of
> light imagery & reference to "visions" &c in scripture, the primary
> metaphor used for revelation in the Bible is that of speaking -
> including of course the designation of the Revealer as "the Word" in
> the 4th gospel. But it is not all imagery or metaphorical. When Paul
> says "Faith comes by hearing" (Rom.10:17) he is referring to the
> literal proclamtion of the gospel.
> George L. Murphy
> "The Science-Theology Interface"
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