Re: For paleontologists: Is this true?

From: george murphy (
Date: Tue Oct 23 2001 - 16:17:33 EDT

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    Woodward Norm Civ WRALC/TIEDM wrote:

    > Gentlemen:
    > I am new here, and am not a paleontologist…nor do I portray one on the
    > Internet.
    > 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
    > gills.
    > 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.
    > Shalom,
    > George
    > George L. Murphy
    > "The Science-Theology Interface"

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