Dear Father Phil,

I just read an E-mail regarding dinosaurs, and I have something to contribute. The most interesting commentary I have ever read on Genesis is from St. Augustine. In both 'Confessions' and 'City of God' he talks a lot about creation and seeing the church in Genesis. His insights do not address dinosaurs as I don't think the fossils had been discovered by his time. However, his comments certainly don't rule them out and they give us reason to contemplate the possibilities of creation and time. His thoughts on time in 'City of God' blew my mind. The seven days of creation certainly could have been millions, billions or trillions of years without taking anything away from creation or the church's teaching.


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