February 10, 2006

Wrathful Dispersionism

Fortunately, this is a joke. I was shaking my head at the prospect it might be real until I got to the line about "linguistics is widely and justifiably seen as the centrepiece of the high-school science curriculum".

I asked my grandfather the pastor once why evolution is so widely hated while more modern theories about language aren't. He said there was nothing particularly incompatible between the Tower of Babel and continuous language change. So why, I replied, is it different for evolution? The Catholics seem to have found a way to integrate unique creation with evolution, why not others.

I don't remember any satisfactory answer.

(Link found via Brad Delong.)

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"I asked my grandfather the pastor once why evolution is so widely hated while more modern theories about language aren't. He said there was nothing particularly incompatible between the Tower of Babel and continuous language change. So why, I replied, is it different for evolution? The Catholics seem to have found a way to integrate unique creation with evolution, why not others."

Well, the difference is that evolution within languages continues to produce, um, languages, while Evolution within biology (at least, the commonly promoted view of Evolution, entailing "common descent") produces (is claimed to produce) new features of essentially a different nature (eyes from molecules [over time, of course], etc.). More than this, though, is the fact that evolution of languages does not require or imply the physical death and suffering of living creatures, while Evolution does. This latter fact (regarding Evolution) is in direct and clear contradiction to God's describing His entire Creation (prior to the Fall) as "good". Note, as well, that in the "new" Creation, the new order of things will be such that "they will not hurt nor destroy", the "wolf will lie down with the lamb", "the lion will eat straw as an ox", and thus no physical death or suffering of animals will occur - combined with God's description of the Creation being currently subjected to the "bondage of corruption" due to the Fall, it is clear that the physical death and suffering of animals is not "good"; thus, either Evolution did occur, or the Bible is true in its account of Creation, but not both.

Posted by: Douglas J. Bender at May 7, 2006 17:56
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