I would like to posit my additional contribution to the discussion: Humor. Who but a creatively funny Deity could conceptualize the duckbill platypus? I see Adam now, while he was naming all the animals:
“What was He thinking??” (Adam’s reaction, however, is unfortunately not recorded.)
Here’s another example: the skunk. Who else would have the sense of humor to create an animal whose main self-defense was to assault the olfactory nerve of its antagonist??
(I wonder if this was also the occasion of the first expletive, post-Garden, of course…)
Several years ago, my husband and I were out for a summer’s evening stroll in the Continue reading “Skunk, by any other name, would smell…badly.”