Creation in Genesis

I often hear the cry that science disproves religion. On considering the theory for 3 seconds I prepare to enter into a fifteen minute debate. Never happens. The people preaching science are not prepared to apply science or justify their statement. I think it sad in this day and age people are so keen to destroy each other’s belief structures. Their attitudes are what caused the horrible wars of the 15th and 16th Centuries. They were not the biggest, but wars based on religious principle totally betrayed those principles with no resolution. Some people deny God and claim an unbelief, but then attempt to destroy Religion, by not talking about it. Some propose Communism, Satanism, Paganism or Jediism, whether they accept a God or not, they are a belief structure and intolerance and forced denial of those beliefs are as wrong now as they have ever been.

Science main attack on the Bible is that it disproves the creation story at the beginning of Genesis. It seems to be wishful thinking on the part of some scientists who are not applying themselves objectively. Higher mathematics may help us to unravel the mysteries of the Universe, the Big Bang theory or whatever the fascinating theory of our time is. But if you are going to look at the Bible then you have to put it in its cultural context whether you want to learn from it or destroy its credibility.

Picture the scene. A group of wandering nomads, in the Arabian Desert, prehistory are gazing up at the stars after a goat stew. An older oral historian relates the story of how god created the world. It is a story that is not unique to the Bible. It is an analogy. It is written in a language where the word day can also mean era. It is figurative. The message, is that God made the world in an ordered fashion and he put us in charge. There was no scientific thought at all at the time of writing.

If you look back to the origins of Descartian science and people like Newton, many were already believers who, with an open mind, sought to discover the mysteries of the Universe and maybe learn about God. It appears that the more you look the less you know and that does appear to be the lesson from the Enlightenment philosophers of the 18th Century. The closer you look, the greater the variation of ideas. The more you prove the more you question that method of proof.

Why not have faith in what you believe in, stop feeling threatened, stop undermining others belief structures and seek reason, equality, progress and truth. That is what science started to seek after. So did the Bible.

In my opinion.

Conway-Laird (2017)  

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