The Ontogeny of Christians' Current Struggles

The Ontogeny of Christians' Current Struggles

Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 12:59:00 -0500
From: workpath@IX.NETCOM.COM

The catch phrase in biology is "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny."

What it's about is that, during mammalian development, the embryo passes through various earlier animal forms - gills, tail, etc., etc., discarding these structures as it evolves/develops until eventually it is born as a mammal. And I do find myself thinking that some of the institutional fussing going on now is a recapitulation of stuff we (the Body of Christ) have been through before: food offered to idols, circumcision or not, etc.

The usefulness of this recapitulation in the church escapes me entirely - even more than the usefulness, if any, of temporary gills in the womb - but perhaps it is part of a process of, once again, paying attention to who we really are in Christ. My take on that includes our being free people, daughters and sons of God - every single one of us. But if that is not obvious to all Christians, maybe there is something to be said for starting over again from scratch. At least it's a perspective that helps me remember that all those folks involved in Singapore are my brothers (mostly) and sisters in Christ. A dysfunctional family, no doubt, but the one I belong to!


Deborah Gavrin Frangquist
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