Continuing the discussion from How Keiths Left LCMS:
I feel that many people reject common descent because they feel dehumanized by being “related” to other creatures on the earth. You know that once I felt the same way. I can accept common descent or reject it. As you know, I am a historical linguist. We study the relationship of different language families and cognates as well as older forms of languages. When one studies Indo-European languages and notices the relationships between them, one can see that English, German, Dutch, and the other Teutonic languages are related. I was noticing my cat’s face this morning and there are similarities between dogs, cats, and humans. Our faces are built on a similar structure. Could the Designer have made us on similar models, and the answer is “yes.” Does that mean that common descent is true and the answer is no. The Designer could have used the same model for all mammals; however, it could give a strong argument for common descent. Therefore, we need to stay fellow scholars no matter what religion or philosophy one should have and research this topic more deeply. Does anyone agree?