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Now hold on thar! And this is not directed at George, but at a number of commenters dismissive of the scientific content which just happens to be there. None of what follows is definitive, but you’ve got to admit the correlation is startling:
Verse 1, the Big Bang.
Verse 2, hovering over the waters, and scientists are just now discovering the early Earth was wet.
Day 1, light, the sun ignites.
Day 2, the atmosphere and Van Allen Belt
Day 3, continent formation
Day 4, Newton first suggested maybe the luminaries became visible at the surface of Earth.
Day 5, sure looks like the Cambrian Explosion. Yes, flying things are a speed bump here.
Day 6, Land animals and mankind.
The Bible is not a science text, but by golly, Genesis 1 got a shocking amount right! These are all important events, and (except flying things) in the correct order. I’m surprised by people who would push 21st century scientific scholarship requirements on the passage, then use great imagination to come up with alternatives. How about we use our imaginations on what is there that matches the science?
And there is not only one lesson in this passage. It’s a polemic against pan- and polytheism. It establishes the human work week. It’s in an interesting form (framework - like a musical form). But it’s all these things, not one or the other.
Until someone can explain why it’s just wrong to see all this incredible correlation with Earth and life history, I’m gonna continue to admire that. It’s the most astonishing passage ever written.