In his book The Miracles of Exodus, physicist Sir Colin Humphreys argues that a plausible scientific basis can be found for the plagues of Egypt, as recorded in Exodus 7-11.
This is not to suggest that they can be ‘explained away’ as merely natural phenomena. Rather, accordingly to Humphreys’, the miraculous element lies in their timing and intensity, along with the fact that they were predicted.
Of course, such an interpretation assumes a rather straightforward, ‘literal’ reading of the text itself. …
What options are available for relating the biblical account of Adam and Eve to the scientific account of the evolution of the human race?
1. The historical view
The conservative writer Norman Geisler offers ten reasons for thinking that Adam and Eve were historical persons:-
Genesis 1–2 presents them as actual persons and even narrates the important events in their lives.
They gave birth to literal children who did the same (Genesis 4–5).
The same phrase (“this is the history of”), used to record later history in Genesis (for example, Gen 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19), is used of the creation account (2:4) and of Adam and Eve and their descendants (Gen.
The earth is a sphere, floating free in space. Matter consists of microscopic particles. There are mountains on the ocean floor. Light can be divided into separate colours. There are an incalculable number of stars. The continents originated as one large land mass. The universe contains black holes and dark matter.
These just some of the anticipations of the findings of modern science that are said to be found in the Bible.
I’ve suggested before that some of High Ross’ attempts to harmonise science and Scripture are unconvincing.
In my view, he threatens to brings the Bible into disrepute by imposing interpretative schemes that are untenable. He writes:
Well, this would be the right way to approach most biblical texts. But the right way to approach Revelation is just about the opposite of what Ross suggests. The right approach would be to regards a passage in Revelation as symbolic unless there were compellng reasons not to do so.…
The relationship between science and Christian theology is much closer than many – including Richard Dawkins and the other New Atheists, would have us believe. Colin Russell, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science and Technology at the Open University, has a number of ways in which Christian theology has influenced the growth and development of science:-
1. The elimination of ‘myth’ from nature. An animate nature is not susceptible to scientific enquiry, not compatible with the biblical injunction to treat nature as a dependent creation of God, Psa 29, 89, 104, 137, who alone is to be worshipped, Deut 26:11; Isa 44:24; Jer 7:18.…