Science And Bible


Science And Bible

Science and Bible

Science And Bible

Does science support or contradict the Bible?

The notion that science contradicts the Bible is popular but misleading, as science actually supports the Bible. As archaeology (see Jesus' Tomb, Golgotha, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Gihon Spring, Capernaum (above), Ephesus Theatre), astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology and other branches of science advance, more and more details of the Bible that seemed improbable have been getting confirmed, not less and less.

Science And BibleFor example, advances in medicine, nutrition and pharmacology are shifting the normal distribution of human life expectancy to the right and allowing more people to live past 100 years of age. Yet we cannot surpass - the normal distribution curve has an abnormal right tail (right) - the 120 year limit that God set at the beginning of the Bible: And the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." (Genesis 6:3)

And until Galileo Galilei invented the telescope in the 17th century, people could count the ~5,000 stars visible to the naked eye and dismissed as exaggeration the statement in Jeremiah 33:22 that the stars "cannot be numbered." The 30x magnification of Galileo's telescope raised the number of visible stars to ~500,000 and silenced the majority, but a small minority continued to claim that half million is still a number that can be counted, until later telescopes, including the Hubble, proved that the hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe, each with hundreds of billions of stars, indeed "cannot be numbered."

What about Darwin's theory of evolution that claims we are simply the product of random mutations over a very long time?

Imagine coming across 10 stones on the ground that form the letter "S." You may look down at those stones and wonder if they had been placed like that by someone or if something random like a flash flood had placed them in that pattern. But imagine coming across ten trillion stones on the ground that spell out the entire collection of Shakespeare's plays. You couldn't attribute that to some random cause, could you? You would have to conclude that somebody laid out those 10,000,000,000,000 stones with intent.

What's the point?

Charles Darwin didn't have the electron microscope and assumed the cell - the basic building block of life and the starting point for his theory of evolution - to be just some uniform blob. But today's electron microscope shows the cell actually to be an incredibly complex organic machine made of about ten trillion atoms that are organized into highly specific, interdependent parts, all of which are needed for the cell to exist in the first place.

What is the point?

Fred Hoyle, the renowned British astronomer and atheist who originally coined the term, "Big Bang" in 1949 had this to say at the end of his career three decades later (Note: There are about 2,000 enzymes in the simplest cell, a bacterium, and 'only' about 1080 atoms in the entire universe.):

"Life cannot have had a random beginning … The trouble is that there are about two thousand enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 1040,000, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup."
- Fred Hoyle and N. Chandra Wickramasinghe,
Evolution from Space (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1981)

"The notion that not only the biopolymer but the operating program of a living cell could be arrived at by chance in a primordial organic soup here on the Earth is evidently nonsense of a high order."
- Fred Hoyle, The Big Bang in Astronomy, New Scientist,
Vol. 92, No. 1280 (November 19, 1981), p. 527

"If one proceeds directly and straightforwardly in this matter, without being deflected by a fear of incurring the wrath of scientific opinion, one arrives at the conclusion that biomaterials with their amazing measure of order must be the outcome of intelligent design."
- Fred Hoyle, Omni Lecture, Royal Institution,
London, January 12, 1982

What does the complexity of the cell mean for Darwin's theory of evolution?

"If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."
- Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species, 1859, p. 162.

"I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally - and more and more so as I grow older - but not always, that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind."
- Charles Darwin, in his 1879 (3 years before his death) letter to John Fordyce

(Related: Mentally Deficient and The Case for a Creator)