creation, both at the beginning of the history and along its course. On the progress from the Orohippus, the lowest member of the equine series, an animal with four toes, to Anchitherium with three, then to Hipparion and finally to our common horse, see Huxley, in Nature for May 11, 1873:33, 34. He argues that, if a complicated animal like the horse has arisen by gradual modification of a lower and less specialized form, there is no reason to think that other animals have arisen in a different way. Clarence King, Address at Yale College, 1877, regards American geology as teaching the doctrine of sudden yet natural modification of species. ?When catastrophic change burst in upon time ages of uniformity and sounded in the ear of every living thing the words: ?Change or die!? plasticity became the sole principle of action.? Nature proceeded then by leaps, and corresponding to the leaps of geology we find leaps of biology.
We grant the probability that the great majority of what we call species were produced in some such ways. If science should render it certain that all the present species of living creatures were derived by natural descent from a few original germs, and that these germs were themselves an evolution of inorganic forces and materials, we should not therefore regard the Mosaic account as proved untrue. We should only be required to revise our interpretation of the word bara in <010121>Genesis 1:21, 27, and to give it there the meaning of mediate creation, or creation by law. Such a meaning might almost seem to be favored by <010111>Genesis 1:11 ? ?let the earth put forth grass?; 20 ? ?let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life?; 2:7 ? ?the Lord God formed man of the dust?; 9 ? ?out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree?; cf.
<410428> Mark 4:28 ? aujtoma>th h~ gh~ karpoforei~ ? ?thy earth brings forth fruit automatically.? Goethe, Spruche in Reimen: ?Was war ein Gott der nur von aussen stiesse, Im Kreis das All am Finger laufen liesse? Ihm ziemt?s die Welt im Innern zu bewegen, Sich in Natur, Natur in sich zu hegen, So dass, was in Ihm lebt und webt und ist, Nie seine Kraft, nie seinen Geist vermisst? ? ?No, such a God my worship may not win, Who lets the world about his finger spin, A thing eternal; God must dwell within.?
All the growth of a tree takes place in from four to six weeks in May, June and July. The addition of woody fiber between the bark and the trunk results, not by impartation into it of a new force from without, but by the awakening of the life within. Environment changes and growth begins. We may even speak of an immanent transcendence of God ? an unexhausted vitality, which at times makes great movements forward. This is what the ancients were trying to express when they said that trees were inhabited by dryads and so groaned and bled when wounded. God?s life is in all. In
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