Kingdom of Priests


Purportedly religion-friendly Darwinists like genome scientist Francis Collins and biologist Kenneth Miller get a lot of mileage out of reassuring the faith community that Darwinism poses no threat to traditional religion. As I noted the other day, neither thinks it would undermine the idea of God’s children having been created in His image to imagine the videotape of life’s history being re-run and producing not humans but intelligent creatures of some totally different description. Perhaps, in Miller’s example, brainy mollusks. Maybe giant squid, pictured above in the diorama I love at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.

If the post-larval juvenile squid of Israel were taken captive by their natural predators and sent into exile in a marine Babylon, perhaps they would sing this lament — if they could sing underwater. When discussing evolution, Dr. Collins is known to enjoy taking a break to strum a guitar and sing inspiring hymns. Too bad this would likely not work with stalk-mounted suction cups:

Psalm 137

In the oceans of Babylon, there we jetted, yea, we discharged ink, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps over our mantles and swimming fins in the midst thereof. For there, at depths greater than 300 meters, they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that preyed upon us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange sea? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right tentacle forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue with its arrangement of small, file-sharp teeth cleave to the roof of my parrot-like beak; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy, namely fish, shrimp, and other squid. Remember, O LORD, the pods of the Sperm Whale in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Bite it, eat it, even to the foundation thereof. O cetaceans of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy calf into our eight arms, two long tentacles, and serrated sucker rings.

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