The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
Chapter 5, -So when did mere hominid become Man? The so-called Homo erectus
seems to have been a simple, tool-making =animal,‘ which assumes an ability to retain in
memory certain procedures of manufacture, along with an occasional fortuitous
accidental improvement that could then have been purposefully replicated…At what
point can we say that (this) proto-man became Man? |
And later in that same chapter, -From psychology we get the principle that Man is
self-conscious. He is aware of himself as a separate individual within a group. From early
childhood he recognizes his image as a representation of himself…Awareness of self
could have been the beginning of future abstract thought…Somewhere within that
miasma of inherited change…(from a fortuitous notice of a naturally sharp edge to
purposeful manufacture) Man continued the sharpening of his tools of survival. |
In the animal world, an early awareness of the presence of danger has survival value.
Sight, smell and sound are the primary early warning systems that alert herbivores to the
presence of danger in their area of activity. This has led many times to the incongruous
scene of herbivores slowly grazing across a meadow totally unaware of a predator lying
quietly in wait, unseen in tall grass, downwind of his intended victims. Only the alarm
call of a bird or small climbing animal, from an elevation that overlooked this scene,
could save one of that herd from becoming dinner. That seems to be the acme of an
herbivore‘s learning ability, to accustom itself, by very slowly acquired experience, to
use something other than its own senses to secure its safety and survival. Or is it just the
natural selection process that weeds out the unwary?
The creature that became man must have witnessed this scene, ages of times, before
the ability to extrapolate this position of oversight into his imagination while on the
ground became heritable.
Those few in the beginning who were able to become aware of the possibility of a
presence beyond their ability to sense it directly many times survived to propagate
This tool of survival was sharpened persistently over those ages before the possibility
of a use of the power of this imagining could be extrapolated into a wider utility.
At first the entity so indirectly sensed was, of a most dire necessity, a fearfully
malevolent predator, and the desire to somehow be in some way like it must have been
overpowering. The ever-finer sharpening of Man‘s sharp stones, the substitute fangs that
he had been so woefully deficient in, must have been used to open dead carcasses for a
long, long time before the realization that it could be used on live flesh also dawned on
some lucky individual.
Imagine the first time that some variation of his sharp stones was successful in
bringing down that dreadful predator. The celebration must have been intense. They
could now imagine that they had in some way become as powerful as the entity that had
so many times lurked just beyond their physical ability to sense, but now not beyond their
new ability to visualize in its supposed absence.
That predator who had now also most fortuitously become a part of their larder had
somehow lost the essence that made it live. Might they somehow reclaim a portion of that
essence through making its muscle their muscle, its skin their skin, its likeness their
An appeal to that part that still seemed to lurk just beyond their senses somehow,
even without a body, could there be a way found to show a proper kind of respect for the