In its entirety, this narrative is the foundation story of the Judaic-Christian-Islamic religious complex, though each of the three component faiths selects and highlights different aspects of the narrative. acquired traits In evolutionary theory proposed by French naturalist, Jean Baptiste Lamarck [1744 1829], traits believed to be acquired through trial-and-error and somehow transmitted by genetic programming.
For example, the giraffe acquires a long neck because generations of shorter-necked ancestors strained to eat leaves from the limbs of high trees.
It may also be the key factor in the baffling question of guidance.
Since Herodotus, the Greek writer usually recognized as the first genuine historian, acts have been recorded in textual form in historical narratives. One problem with written history is that the bare record of facts is opaque: it tells what happened at a certain time and place, yet it tells little or nothing about the true nature of human acts.
While the term homo sapiens is male-biased, the Latin root homo- being commonly suggestive of man, the abo sapiens is neutral and inclusive.
It allows for the belief that both the male and female of the species carry essential elements of the inborn knowingness (sapience) originally present in the biological potential of the human race.
Although it rejects some aspects of its Judaic roots, Christianity sees in Abraham a man chosen by the creator god, Yahweh, believed to be the celestial father of Jesus, the Christian messiah.
Due to the narrative fusion of the Old and New Testaments, the coming of the god-man, Jesus Christ, is believed to be an inevitable result of the historical progress that begins with Abrahams departure from Ur in the Chaldees (southern Iraq).
In the vast debate over evolutionary theory, there remains a wavering fault-line between the denial and the acceptance of acquired traits.