Sunday, January 30, 2011

Andrei Let me tell you about the "birds and the bees" II

This post has been recycled from over two years ago to celebrate the fact that DPF has used the images it uses to mock Creationism.


Man

This is Adam as painted by Albrecht Dürer. He is a man.

Adam was a father, the father of the human race. Since the time of Adam all fathers have been men. No man has ever been mother to a child.

All children that have ever been born have had exactly one father.


Woman

And this is Eve, the other half of the painting. She is a woman.

Eve was a mother, the first mother and mother to all humanity. And since the time of Eve all mothers have been women, without exception.

And all children that have ever been born have had exactly one mother.
And whether Adam and Eve actually existed or whether they are figures of myth is of little consequence in this regard. It is self evident, supported by human experience and biology that the pairing of exactly one male with exactly one female is what required to produce a child - the next generation to carry on.

To meet this necessity God, if you are a believer, or culture if you are not, has provided the institution of marriage. And necessity it is, for without the next generation there is no future at all. Cultures which fail to procreate disappear, overwhelmed by those that do.

And Marriage is the union of one man and one woman for the purpose of procreation. And it has been this way, to coin a phrase, since Adam was a cowboy. To be sure there have been societies that have adopted plural marriages(1) but no long term progressive society has ever been anything other than monogamous, unique pairings with one man married to one woman.

Other benefits from marriage ensue of course, such as companionship but it is the raising of children that is the primary purpose.

And none of this was in any doubt until very recently.

But in this age of absurdity there are those who see this arrangement as a civil rights violation. And those that point out what used to be called the "facts of life" are called "bigots".

Perhaps we should to go back to first principles for these folk - and give them the kindergarten talk about the "birds and the bees".

But they probably would be sloganizing far too loudly to hear a word.




(1) In societies where men can have multiple wives many men have no wives. This leads to violent warlike societies which have a need to conquer their neighbors. This serves two purposes foremost the capture of additional women to make up for the shortfall of wives and secondly the elimination of surplus males.

The only time christian society has supported polygamy, that I am aware of,was in parts of Germany after the thirty years war. In this case there had been a major population decline through the ravages of that war - and the males had suffered far more than the females leading to a shortage of the former and a surplus of the later. Thus for one generation polygamy was permitted to rebuild the population as a pragmatic solution to rebuilding their society.

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3 comment(s):

Lucia Maria said...

During that time in Germany were multiple wives were allowed, Germany had split off from the vast body of Christian society to do their own thing.

The Bible is pretty clear, when plural marriages were allowed (or they occurred in the OT), much unhappiness resulted.

I wonder if the Adam and Eve post was retaliation for JK looking like a licentious old man, talking about what women he found "hot".

ZenTiger said...

So let me get this straight.

DPF posts this painting done in 1507 to use as "proof" that creationism is wrong, because he is treating it as "photographic evidence" of what Adam and Eve looked like.

And then the chicken and egg society get all excited, because it's a chance to declare science answers all of life's questions, or at least all of the questions an atheist could ever possibly conceive.

Whatever.

scrubone said...

Zen: my thoughts exactly.

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