A few days ago we amused ourselves by pointing out numerous passages in scripture indicating that The Earth Is Flat. There were no passages suggesting any other shape.
But is that also true regarding special creation? Is there anything in scripture that could be considered compatible with the evolutionary view that all life on earth is related? Actually, there is — or so it seems to us. Your Curmudgeon is no theologian and we don’t pretend otherwise, so we’ll just give you the scripture and let you make up your own mind.
This comes from Ecclesiastes — King James version, of course — not far after the delightful part (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8) that begins:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
We won’t disappoint you. Here’s the song by the Byrds.
Okay, fine. But what about evolution? If you read a bit beyond that well-known section, specifically Ecclesiastes 3: 18-22, you will find this, to which we’ve added a bit of bold font for emphasis:
What does it mean? We’re not certain, but it could mean simply this: Eat, drink, and by merry, for we are like the animals — we are animals. When we die we all go to the same place, and no one knows what happens afterwards.
So let the creationists cling to Genesis. We like Ecclesiastes. As the Good Book says, there’s “a time to keep, and a time to cast away.”
Update: See Is Evolution in the Bible? (Part 2).
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