Nov 14 2008
The Bible Belt has some dirty secrets. And they’ll be dirty until they get brushed off.
It seems that paleontologists working in the deep South have unearthed whale fossils that clearly comprise a transitional form between a legged mammal and one with a tail fluke (view article here).
The crashing of the enormous fluked tail on the surface of the ocean is a “calling card” of modern whales. Living whales have no back legs, and their front legs take the form of flippers that allow them to steer. Their special tails provide the powerful thrust necessary to move their huge bulk. Yet this has not always been the case.
Reporting in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, paleontologist Mark D. Uhen of the Alabama Museum of Natural History describes new fossils from Alabama and Mississippi that pinpoint where tail flukes developed in the evolution of whales.
Now why would the Gawd of Genesis play with the minds of fundamentalists like that?
Are fossils and the ossified beliefs of many religions at odds? Hell ya. And the hell is their own making — both the hell of fire and the hell of a cognitive dissonance caused by trying to reconcile religious dogma with modern findings.
Of course, many contemporary believers have stream-lined their ideology so that science can’t wreck it. Oh sure, the Bible is metaphor . . . as it was to the ancients. They totally behaved like it was metaphor. Right.
Dig beneath the surface of modern religions and you will find the more bizarre forms of which they are descendants. However, because religions evolved doesn’t mean they have progressed.