A couple of months ago we wrote Is Evolution in the Bible? — to which today’s post is a supplement. Back then we pointed out a portion of Ecclesiastes that appears to support the theory of evolution — at least it’s quite inconsistent with special creation.
This is noteworthy because, although the creationists’ doctrine of special creation is arguably contradicted in scripture, there is nothing in scripture to contradict the teaching that the earth is flat, stationary, and rests on pillars while the sun, moon, and stars revolve around it. See The Earth Is Flat, and also The Earth Does Not Move.
Today we have another scripture passage that can be considered to support the theory of evolution — even more than what we found in Ecclesiastes. We learned about this from an article at the National Review‘s website: Charles Darwin and the Parable of the Sower.
The author is Michael Potemra, and he’s talking about the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13). He says, with bold font added by us:
… I found myself meditating on this sower, who represents God — and yet doesn’t seem to be very careful in what he is doing. “Some seed fell by the way side . . . some fell upon stony places . . . some fell among thorns. . . .” … And then it occurred to me: Perhaps the Jesus who initially preached this parable was aware, as the rest of mankind became some 18 centuries later, of the process of evolution — in which what appear to us to be various dead ends and randomnesses are quite common?
That’s an interesting thought. For your contemplation, here’s a small part of that parable, from Matthew 13: 3-9, King James version, of course:
That could be used to introduce a lecture about natural selection. The parable goes on at length, including an explanation which Potemra says may or may not have been added later, but we express no opinion about that. You can read the article in the National Review for his view of things.
What is your Curmudgeon’s opinion? It would be presumptuous to offer our own interpretation of scripture. You may be certain, however, that we’re not citing scripture as if it were scientific evidence — because it isn’t. So what’s our point?
Our purpose here is demonstrating to those who do regard scripture as the ultimate science text that they have a serious problem — their authority is an uncertain guide in such matters. Scripture is entirely harmonious regarding scientific absurdities like flat earth and geocentricism; but it seems riddled with irreconcilable passages regarding creationism.
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