Re: [asa] Designed Kangaroos?

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <>
Date: Sat Aug 04 2007 - 15:17:41 EDT

Let's try a quotation from the Bishop of Hippo, Aurelius Augustinus,
/City of God/, XVI, 9:

But they do not remark that, although it be supposed or scientifically
demonstrated that the world is of a round or spherical form, yet it does
not follow that the other side of the earth is bare of water; nor even,
though it be bare, does it immediately follow that it is peopled.

In chapter 7 he notes that animals may have been brought forth on distant
islands, which they otherwise could not have reached.

Of course, "everybody knows" that earlier scholars (Aristotle, the
Pythagoreans, Eratosthenes, for example) could not have known that the
earth is spherical.

The later Archbishop of Canterbury is also known as St. Austin.
Dave (ASA)

On Fri, 3 Aug 2007 18:31:31 -0500 writes:
> When I get home again tonight, I'll make sure I didn't type the wrong
> date on
> Augustine -- I tried to be careful about those. Anyway, as Gordon
> pointed out,
> the date typed does correspond to an Augustine -- perhaps the
> difference was
> lost on him. Thanks for pointing out all this. You're doing my
> research for
> me. But I do maintain that nobody who writes a book is intelligent
> enough to
> be wrong on absolutely every point. Grant's writing on the Voliva
> character may
> not be so far off. At least it agrees with the characterization
> currently found
> on Wikipedia (yes -- I know, that's a lazy man's "research", but
> it's all I have
> time for today). Voliva is a far cry from the saints and popes of
> old, though.
> His example strikes much closer to home in that seems (to me) to be
> a modern
> cousin of the recent YEC phenomenon. To call him an influential or
> archetypal
> character on the order of either Augustine is beyond a stretch.
> --Merv

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