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"It is often little realized that the Bible does, in fact, seem to contain remarkably accurate scientific information."
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Chapter 4:
The Bible as Pre-Scientific
Does the Bible support, or contradict, science?

Chapter Introduction

No educated person today would hesitate to categorize the Bible as pre-scientific; obviously its ancient writings pre-date modern science by thousands of years.

Nonetheless, some biblical statements seem to reveal a relatively advanced knowledge of scientific matters. Unfortunately, however, these statements are sometimes taken out of context and misunderstood, and the Bible is thus thought to contain scientifically flawed information.

For example, in the 17th century, Galileo, a creationist, proved that the earth revolves around the sun. However, the Catholic Church had accepted the majority view of the scientific establishment of the time, which said that the sun revolves around the earth. The church picked out a few verses (or statements) from the Bible which it thought supported this belief. These verses, however, were taken out of context.

For instance, in Psalm 93:1, the phrase “the [earth] is firmly established, it cannot be moved” needs to be read in context with the next verse, “[God’s] throne was established long ago,” where the same Hebrew word [kown = “established”] is used and has the meaning “set up,” “stable,” “secure,” “enduring,” etc., and not “immobile” or “stationary.” Likewise, the Hebrew word for “moved” (in Ps. 93:1) is also used in Psalm 16:8, “I will not be moved,” meaning that the writer of that verse would not stray from the path of God, not that he was physically rooted to any one geographic spot. Understood correctly then, Psalm 93:1 implies that the earth itself also moves along a path from which it cannot stray.

It can thus be seen that only the 17th century Catholic Church’s understanding of this biblical statement was incorrect, and not the statement itself. Ironically, had the church not accepted the incorrect majority view of the then scientific establishment, the Bible may have been seen to be correct all along, and the false ensuing notion that the Bible contradicts science may possibly have been avoided.[1]

It is often little realized that the Bible does, in fact, seem to contain remarkably accurate scientific information. This chapter presents several examples.[2]


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