My name is Jim, and I'm a 6th grade science teacher with some background
in Biblical studies. I was just wondering about this geocentric
argument. Could it be understood that most of the descriptions found in
the Bible are stated in such a way because the Bible is an
anthropocentric document. That is, God meant it to be understood from
the perspective of a human being placed in and on this world?
Therefore, just as one could grant geocentrism to be a fallacious theory
of orbital mechanics, could one suggest that scientific observations from
any other perspective are theologically beside the point?
This is not to suggest that scientific inquiry, observation or
theorization cannot shed light upon the glory of creation or its Creator.
I am simply wondering if a "sitz im leben" exists for the interpretation
of biblical accounts of natural phenomena. If so, it would seem that
many such arguments or perspectives could be laid to rest quite simply.
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