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Science and the Bible

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Science and the Bible
Civilization has made enormous leaps in science and how we view the natural world, but it seems that with each stride toward progress we discover more conflict between science and the bible. Today, scientists use evidence and testing to understand the natural world, while much of the bible’s content cannot be proven or tested. This lack of evidence that can be proven in the bible leads a misinterpretation of the bible, which in turn leads to conflict between science and religion. Modern science and the bible are seemingly in conflict, but in reality what if it’s only one’s interpretation of both that are in conflict. In fact the bible contains many concepts that sparked further questioning and experimenting, which helped developed science as we know it today. Many of the most influential scientists in history have their roots in biblical backgrounds. Science and the bible are not in conflict, but are very closely related, as modern science could not have developed without concepts that originated in the bible. By fixing misinterpretations people have in the bible we can come to resolve this conflict that exists.

Throughout history theologians have considered the Bible and nature as the “two books of God”, and it’s how we interpret these books that lead to conflict, not the books themselves. The first of these two books are the scriptures from Jewish and Christian faiths that form the Bible. The biggest misconception about the Bible is that it is a book of science, yet it contradicts with the findings of modern scientists. "the Bible is, after all, not a textbook of science, but rather of religion." (Morris). The stories in the Bible contain the literary styles of the authors of the time, and if it is read too literally the message is distorted. When read literally the stories of creation become a story of how the world came into being, while the reader misses the main focus of the story, which is to simply state that the...