From: John W Burgeson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 09 2003 - 11:30:35 EDT
chromatech2 wrote, in part: "Is the bible truly reliable enough to defend
Old saying -- the Bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens
The science of the biblical writers was the science of their times. Their
words were necessarily couched in the understanding of their listeners.
Go back in time and explain quantum physics to Julius Caesar. Write him
an essay in decent Latin to do this. Then try to develop the resultant
article so the common people could understand.
We wrestle (and have wrestled) with all the stuff you cited a lot We
don't all agree.
For one scientist's view on the Bible (mine), see
Pick one topic (not a dozen) and we can talk about it. The Pi story is
sort of old hat. The story of God commanding the slaughter of infants in
I Sam 15 can be rationalized by some here -- not me -- we hashed that one
around last year. The issue of biblical inerrancy is held by some here --
not me -- we don't fiddle with that one much anymore because about
everything that can be said has been said.
You are, of course, as welcome here as anyone. As far as I know, I'm the
only one here who has ever been asked to drop a topic (acceptance of
homosexuals) and then only for 30 days. <G> That topic, too, has been
rather thoroughly hashed over.
I have two fairly close friends who claim the label "atheist." They are
good guys, one a VP of Pitney Bowes and the other a local surgeon. I also
have several friends who are "bible toten" fundamentalists. We all get
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