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  Science & the Myth of Progress—the quantification of nature Back to the List of Slideshows
    
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Michael Robert Negus, a scientist himself, proposes a more traditional interpretation of the fossil record, one that accords with spiritual realities and is not mired in a purely materialistic approach:
The Theory of Evolution is a biological paradigm proposed by western civilization that is contra-traditional and tends towards atheism. It is impossible that such a proposal could have arisen in a civilization that was centered upon the Spirit and guarded by Tradition. Evidence for the theory is derived from fossil remains, the gathering and accumulation of which is laborious, involving considerable excavation, bringing to light things which have, in the natural course of events been buried. The difficulty of obtaining such information may be counted as a blessing, since it is not only concerned with what is residual and accidental, but unlike the study of living things, does not readily open the mind to the transcendent.
This traditional painting shows an idealized Dioscorides, the legendary botanist and physician of  the first century, teaching a student about the properties of a plant. Many ancient scientists followed rigorous experimental methods while still keeping their minds, and sciences, "open to the transcendent."
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