Saturday, 17 April 2010

Parahomology in Early Christianity

I was having a little browse on TalkOrigins, it happens occasionally, when I found this particular quote in a discussion on parahomology as evidence for macroevolution (parahomology is a similarity in structure for different purposes).

"Let the waters", it is said, "bring forth abundantly moving creature that hath life and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." Why do the waters give birth also to birds? Because there is, so to say, a family link between the creatures that fly and those that swim. In the same way that fish cut the waters, using their fins to carry them forward and their tails to direct their movements round and round and straightforward, so we see birds float in the air by the help of their wings. Both endowed with the property of swimming, their common derivation from the waters has made them of one family.

The quote comes from St. Basil, the Bishop of Caesarea n the 4th century. Obviously Basil did not accept evolution as it was not known back then, but his observations are directly in line with the idea of evolutionary co-option. It even suggests relatedness between them, something which is now known to be true.

(Every time I copy and paste something in while writing a blog it messes up the font for me. I just made the last paragraph smaller and yet nothing changed when I published it. Blogspot is damn annoying!)

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