Sunday, August 27, 2006

A Whale of a Tale: Fundamentalist Fish Stories

"According to a persistent story, exactly one hundred years ago a
sailor named James Bartley was swallowed by a sperm whale off the
Falkland Islands. About thirty-six hours later his fellow sailors
found him, unconscious but alive, inside the belly of the animal.
What follows is the result of my attempt to uncover the real story,
as well as the story of the story--how this whale of a tale found its
way into the fundamentalist apologetic tradition, as well as a
sizeable number of conservative biblical commentaries."

Edward B. Davis, Associate Professor of Science and History, Messiah College
From Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

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