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The evolution of our world

By: Margaret Brown

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EVER SINCE I was a small child, the hours between sunrise and breakfast have been the most precious of the day and, although more often than not things go downhill from there, each dawn is still a new beginning.

Today, while the birds were tuning up and the valley nightingales ran through their variations on an ever changing theme, there was an overwhelming presence of God among the foothills and hidden by-ways.

Neither Darwin’s Theory of Evolution nor the Old Testament’s claim that the Earth was ‘Made by God in six days’ – beliefs set in stone among the convinced on either side – explain the diversity and organisation of one small planet among hundreds. Life on earth may have been kick-started from interplanetary dust but how has it developed to what we see today?

Something more than a happy and accidental train of events has brought plant and animal kingdoms to their present sophistication, to their interdependence and their great beauty. From a state of nothingness, Darwin’s production line from single cell to modern man may appear to be a reasonable assumption of how we, and all other living things, came into being: but what about evolution of the soul?

When Moses gave us the first chapters of Exodus, he also recorded the giving of The Law, etched upon tablets of stone: rules for living peacefully together that remain as vital now as when he received them on Mount Sinai. I believe that divine creation and evolution of the species are one, and that life on earth is the ongoing work of a supreme authority.

Those who believe speak of God. The elusive soul in mankind speaks with God through prayer and meditation. And, just occasionally, the elusive soul and the every present spirit meet in harmony.

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