Yes, pi is 3 to a single significant figure, But that doesn't cover the
fact that it is measurements that are given, so that a value for pi is
inferred. Suggesting one measurement of a flared rim and another without
the flare requires gross incompetence in measuring. If we try to make all
the statements strictly true, they made ~5% error in some measurement.
That they could be more exact is seen in I Samuel 17:4. Elsewhere there
are other obvious problems. What I was trying to point out is the
futility of trying to make every biblical utterance scientifically or
mathematically true. It can't be done!
On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 09:27:13 -0400 "George Murphy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pi = 3 to one significant figure.
Anyone who's been on this list very long knows that I'm not a concordist
& don't feel required to try to show that the scientific views of the
biblical writers were in accord with our modern scientific picture of the
world. The sky isn't a solid dome. Nevertheless, pi IS 3 to one
significant figure & even the strictest inerrantist &/or concordist ought
to be content with that. The only consistent alternative is to demand
that the biblical writer not say that the circumference of the molten sea
was 30 cubits, or 31.4 cubits, or even 31.4159 cubits but that it be
expressed in terms of an infinite series for pi or something like that.
And such a demand would be, I suggest, absurd - which shows the absurdity
of the whole enterprise.
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