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Anthropology


Dr. Dennis A. Etler PhD
ANTHRO Instructor

Dr. Dennis A. Etler

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
With Cabrillo College since 2001

"And now, as a germination of planetary dimensions, comes the thinking layer which over its full extent develops and intertwines its fibres, not to confuse and neutralise them but to reinforce them in the living unity of a single tissue."

---Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. The Human Phenomenon, 1955

"Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances,about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn."

---St. Augustine, 1 Timothy 1.7

"I am a child of nature. I am a small cell in a big universe. I come from nature and my role in life is to serve as a functional cell in the body of Mother Earth. The value of my life consists in following the path that fulfils the sacred mission given to me by nature as a part of human society."

---Wang Xuemei, Chinese Forensic Scientist

"But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

---Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

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