I was wondering if some one could help me with the title 'evolutionary baptism' in a book called "Before Atlantis" by Frank Joseph on 20 million years of human and pre-human cultures. I want to know what exactly the title stands for? Does it suggest the evolution of all the views towards the subject? Thank you.
The title of chapter 2 in his book 'Evolutionary Baptism' postulates that human evolution included one or more extensive periods where human progenitors were aquatic ... living in water - the reference to baptism.
OED on origin of baptism:
Middle English: from Old French baptesme, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek baptismos ‘ceremonial washing’, from baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’
And from a review of the whole book:
Further investigating the evolutionary branches of humanity, he explores the mounting biological evidence supporting the aquatic ape theory--that our ancestors spent one or more evolutionary phases in water--and shows how these aquatic phases of humanity fall neatly into place within his revised timeline of ancient history.