unilinial evolution

Marsha Quinlan (C633902@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 13 Apr 1995 11:27:22 CDT

unilineal evolution was the dominant Western theory. I know that
during the Enlightenment, the prominent philosophy was that of
the "great chain of being" which started with insects --> fish -->
reptiles --> birds --> lowly rodents --> greater mammals --> various
unilineal stages of man --> angels --> God. In fact, versions of this
had certainly been dominant in European theory throughout history,
and probably pre-history. Does anyone know of a world religion that
doesn't hierarchically put humans (or ranks of humans) just before
the god level of being? It seems to me this type of thinking must be
modal for humans.