posted on Oct, 25 2013 @ 09:39 AM
The diversity of the various human races confirms this view of the subject. Climate and modes of life undoubtedly modify the physical characteristics
of mankind, but we know the extent to which these modifications can be carried, and physiological examination conclusively proves that there are
between the different races of men constitutional differences too profound to have been produced merely by differences of climate.
The crossing of races produces intermediary types; it tends to efface the extremes of characteristic peculiarities; but it does not produce these
peculiarities, and, therefore, creates only new varieties. But the crossing of races presupposes the existence of races distinct from each other; and
how is the existence of these to be explained if we attribute their origin to a common stock especially if we restrict the production of these various
races to so brief a period? How is it possible to suppose, for example, that the descendants of Noah could have been, in so short a time, transformed
into Ethiopians? Such a metamorphosis would be as inadmissible as that of a wolf into a sheep, of a beetle into an elephant, of a bird into a fish.
No preconceived opinion can withstand, in the long run, the evidence of opposing facts. But, on the contrary, all difficulty disappears if we assume
that man existed at a period anterior to that which has hitherto been commonly assigned to his creation; that Adam commenced, some 6000 years ago, the
peopling of a country until then uninhabited; that the deluge of Noah was a local catastrophe, erroneously confounded with the great geological
cataclysm; and, finally, if we make due allowance for the allegorical form of expression characteristic of the Oriental style, and common to the
sacred books of every people.
It is unwise to insist upon a literal interpretation of figurative statements of which the inaccuracy may, at any moment, be rendered evident by the
progress of scientific discovery; but the fundamental propositions of religion, so far from having anything to fear from the discoveries of science,
are strengthened and ennobled by being brought into harmony with those discoveries. And it is only when the religious sentiment shall have been
enlightened by its union with scientific truth that religious belief, thus rendered invulnerable to the attacks of skepticism, will take the place of
skepticism in the minds and hearts of men.
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