A Mention in The Dish (about the Bible’s neglect of what’s in a Petri dish)

Andrew Sullivan quoted and gave a mention to a post I recently wroteIn it I pointed out that if the Bible contained more advanced knowledge that was humanly available in its time, as young-earth creationists and others like them are prone to claim, then we ought to expect more advanced medical advice, too. But we don’t find anything of the sort in there.

Andrew got the post from Adam Leewho got it from Fred Clark at SlacktivistAdam’s blog Big Think has some interesting exploration of what else we might have expected the Bible to say if it were supernaturally offering perspectives which transcend what was humanly possible within the culture of that time. I encourage you to click through and read what he has to say, as well as the interesting comments generated.

Thanks to FredAdam and Andrew for linking here and generating discussion!


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  • PorlockJunior

    You seem to be unaware that the first chapter of Genesis correctly describes cosmological history, when properly understood, as shown by Quantum Mechanics and the General Theory of Relativity. I know this is true because somebody wrote a book about it.

    Really, I couldn’t make this up. But I can’t provide the citation for the book. Heck, if Sherlock Holmes’s mental attic wasn’t big enough to retain whether the Sun goes around the Earth or vice versa, I can’t be expected to retain every outlandish thing I’ve encountered.

    But the discussion in which this came up, along with other forms of “Genesis is right”, was useful to me. It made me re-read that bit of Genesis with great care and attention, and I saw that it is a really outstanding hymn of praise for Being, for Creation. And of course for the Creator. Never perceived that before; funny to see it when I’m intent on following the Story.

    To read this hymn, those of us who don’t believe in a Creator have to do a little willing suspension of disbelief, while those who believe but know better than to take this text as history don’t even need that — just “Hey, man, it’s poetry.” And this so-called story becomes a sort of Lewisian sentiment. C. S. Lewis, after all, said “God loves matter. He invented it.” (Lewis also liked weather, any kind so long as it was weather: an attitude congruent with the other.)

    Put Genesis 1 with the last sentence of Origin of Species, and you get a healthy attitude toward the world.

    Sorry for the digression, but after all, electrons are cheap.