I found this posted on facebook. I'd like to hear what you guys think about this.
Tags: bible, now, science, then
Science then? There was NO science during the sheep herding days of the old testament bible.
Even if it was true -- though I can see from the first example provided that it isn't --, the Bible provides one or two cryptic lines on the subject matter which need to be liberally interpreted to reconcile with reality, whereas modern science has created volumes of work describing each individual item.
And in some cases, all three columns are wrong:
My point here is not to treat this seriously, but rather to illustrate the level of ignorance or disregard for truth required to generate the list in the OP.
"Science then" was not science.
Absolute nonsense. Life is too short to be refuting this crap.
When you have a document rife with contradictions and inconsistencies, now and then you'll find a nugget of truth, but look on another page and you'll read something opposite or inconsistent.
How about a list of all of the idiotic things in The Bible?
11 points, where maybe there is present agreement? So if you found an exhaustive list, how would this fair?
Depends on who had sent it to me. If it was sent by someone I cared to argue with, or someone I thought would benefit from seeing it rebutted, I would go through it line-by-line and point out the errors. I believe in some cases, it truly is worth it to reply to siliness like this, if there's a chance it will be seen by someone who might really listen. I'd start by putting a big "citation needed" sign on every line in the "science then" column. I would then ask what is meant by "science," and when is meant by "then". If "then" refers to Bible times, I would point out that science as we know it did not exist back then. Science is a very specific process of learning about our world. It involves experiment, empirical observation, the changing and refining of inferior suppositions into more accurate ones, and repeatability. Nobody was doing that in Bible times. You can't say "science" once taught something just because some number of people once believed it. I could refute every verse listed. Here's one. The verse 'proving' that the stars are "innumerable" actually says: "I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’" So it's not making a scientific statement about the world. It's using a familiar metaphor of something that's really really big.
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