Evolution? Depends upon the Translation


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Does one’s belief in evolution depend on the Bible translation one uses?

From the KJV, Genesis 1:

21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

The phrase “after their kind” has caused much consternation: it seems to imply that each kind can only reproduce its own kind, that evolution is impossible.

But take a look at the Jewish Publication Society Tanakh translation:

21 God created the great sea monsters, and all the living creatures of every kind that creep, which the waters brought forth in swarms, and all the winged birds of every kind. And God saw that this was good.

Also, notice that God “creates,” but the waters “bring forth,” implying that the ultimate creator is God, who creates via evolutionary secondary causes (like the organic molecules in the oceans).


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[quote=Ahimsa]…The phrase “after their kind” has caused much consternation: it seems to imply that each kind can only reproduce its own kind, that evolution is impossible…
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Obviously things can always only reproduce with their own kind…that is what the definition of species is: a group of organisms that can produce fertile offspring

In evolution the kind changes over time but members of the group are always the same kind as everything else in the group

I wonder how the folks that take that passage literally feel about mules
:wink:


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