Re: [asa] Re: (religious memes?) [christians_in_science] Brilliant article by Dawkins

From: Bill Powers <>
Date: Fri Aug 28 2009 - 08:42:03 EDT


It seems to me that what you say below is exactly the issue in perceiving
something like common descent from the "data."

> Here the old maxim "similarity does not prove copying" applies. That the
> ancients widely practice animal sacrifice is recognized. It does not follow
> that all cultures - or even any culture - practising animal sacrifice
> borrowed it from elsewhere.
> All a similarity between the OT/NT and surrounding cultures proves is that
> there is a similarity. Period. It's the exegete who has to provide the
> evolutionary glue to arrive at an evolutionary conclusion.


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