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the Sumerian version of the Flood from which the Genesis
legend is presumably derived.
Our teacher now began to discuss these startling revelations,
to show how evolution worked in recorded human times, as well
as in the vast eons of prehistory. I was taken aback. If the
Deluge of Genesis was derivative, was not the whole Bible sus-
pect? And would I have to become an unbeliever in order to be a
doctor? That night I tossed and turned, and the next day went
to Professor Hepel with my doubts.
This good man was the soul of tact. He forbore to remind me
of his previous warning. He quieted my fears by suggesting that
perhaps both Darwin and the Bible were right, one in a scientific,
the other in an allegorical, sense. He pointed out that, far from
belittling God's handiwork, Darwin's vision of life emergent
paid homage to it. He wound up by offering to excuse me from
further biological study, though he also said that if I prayerfully
and thoughtfully continued, in good time the contradictions in
my mind might spontaneously resolve themselves. I took his
advice, and worried no more. Nor have I since.
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/61/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.