Creationist Wisdom #292: Science in the Bible

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Vancouver Sun of Vancouver, British Columbia, the eighth largest city in Canada. It’s titled Select Bible verses predicted scientific discoveries. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:

Although the Bible isn’t a science book, it contains references that predict scientific discovery by hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years: A spherical earth is implied in Isaiah 40: 22 (“circle of the earth”) suspended in space (Job 26: 7).

No, it doesn’t imply that at all. We discussed that a while back. See The Biblical Shape of the Earth. On with the letter:

The expression “stretched out” is used several times to explain the process by which God created the universe, consistent with cosmologists’ present understanding of an expanding universe.

A lot of creationists are jumping on that one lately. Funny how preachers never mentioned the expanding universe until Hubble’s work led to that conclusion. Let’s read on:

Job 38: 16 mentions “springs of the sea,” unknown until their discovery in 1977 (hydrothermal vents).

Wow — hydrothermal vents are in the bible! The letter continues:

Ecclesiastes 1: 7 describes the earth’s hydrological (water) cycle: “All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.”

They knew about that too! Hey, the letter-writer doesn’t mention it, but a couple of passages earlier, in Ecclesiastes 1:5, it describes how the sun orbits the earth:

The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

How’s that for cutting-edge science? Here’s more:

Crick and Watson are the co-discoverrs of the threadlike DNA molecule. Yet, thousands of years ago, the psalmist wrote: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139: 13). This verse anticipates that we are literally knitted or woven together at the molecular level.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! DNA is in the bible!

The letter wraps up by quoting something from Phillip Johnson (the Discoveroid guru) but we can’t figure out what the letter-writer is trying to say. Anyway, now you know that the bible is and always has been rock-solid science. Isn’t it time you repented your ways?

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8 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #292: Science in the Bible

  1. Folderol Man

    That’s David Buckna, Canada’s own creationism promoter. He’s not very bright.

  2. One of the things that drove me to Atheism is the utter and intentional dishonesty of Xian apologists.

  3. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

    Scientific Storkism!

  4. I have a knitted Aran Island sweater.
    This item proves that handlooms predicted DNA,
    as did the Luddite British handloom weavers.
    The magic is everywhere.
    (Except that a circle isn’t spherical, a minor detail
    in Buckna’s hypothesis).

  5. What do you mean a circle isn’t a sphere? Next thing you’ll try to tell me is a square isn’t a triangle. You must be one of those dreaded geometrists. You can’t force your godless definitions on me, geometry is only a theory. God can make a square peg fit in a round hole.
    Sorry, I think maybe I need lunch and a nap.

  6. 1) Muslim apologists do the same thing with the Koran. All this shows is that people are able to see connections where there aren’t any in reality; this, amusingly enough, is nicely explained by evolution.
    2) The Bible is full of stupid science, too. The approximately 6,000 year old universe, the ludicrous “genetics” in Genesis 30, the existence of witches (after all, you can’t “not suffer a witch to live” unless witches exist), ad infinitum. Not to mention Adam and Eve, and Noah’s Flood, both of which can be proven not to have existed.
    3) A commentator over at Jerry Coyne’s blog commented a week or so ago, “The reason so many Christians are Creationists rather than, say, witch-burners or adulterer-stoners or shellfish-abstainers is because Creationism has no inconvenient implications for your wealth or safety or personal freedom. If fundamentalists made it a tenet of their belief that you had to donate all your possessions to the poor, then there would suddenly be a lot fewer fundamentalists.” When they try to insist that Genesis 1 is literal, we should (among other things) be asking, “Is Luke 14:33 also literal?” (That’s one of several verses of selling all you have and giving to the poor).

  7. Vancouver is the THIRD largest city in Canada. Not the eight.

  8. Sam Paellon, I got that info from Wikipedia.