Taxonomy is about naming and classifying, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when an article uses biblical scripture such as, “A good name is more desirable than great riches. — Prov. 22:1 to talk about the work of taxonomy. Christianity Today brought this news to us in their article, “Our First Mission Isn’t Finished.” Let’s face it though, religion and science aren’t always friends and often are adversaries.

Some classes of living things on this earth are well documented and others not so much. Despite all the volumes of books filled with sketches and descriptions, and all the specimens that have been studied under a microscope, there are still millions of creations we don’t even know about yet.

Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, created the system we use today. This man-made system of classifying all living things has its challenges and imperfections. Scientists who need to communicate globally with other scientists use modern taxonomy.

Melody K. Smith

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