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July 31, 2010

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Roy, I appreciate your blog on theology, science, and hermeneutics. I agree that we should not adjust Scripture in order to make it harmonize with science.

I also agree with the following implication that I think is present in your blog. We should be open to adjustments in theology and science so that they may discover the harmony of God’s books of Scripture and Nature.

As you point out, there are some things that Scripture has not specified, such as the original speed of the rotation of the earth and the exact length of the days of creation. If the rotation speed of the earth has been affected by catastrophes like the flood, the creation days could have been longer or shorter than 24 hours. However, Scripture does teach that the days of creation were similar to our current days in that the first seven days were characterized by “evening and morning.”

In addition, you point out that the Bible teaches that God created different kinds of living things. However, it does not specify exactly how these living things inter-breeded adapted to the passing of time in a sinful environment.

These examples imply and llustrate that when the human disciplines of theology and science disagree we need to be willing to restudy God’s books of Scripture and nature in a search for harmony.

In the penultimate paragraph of my previous comment I meant to say the following.

"the Bible teaches that God created different kinds of living things. However, it does not specify exactly how these living things inter-breeded (within their kinds) and adapted to the passing of time in a sinful environment."

Thank you for this excellent series of posts.

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