The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
Out of this background, many ancient epic tales, preceding the Genesis accounts, had
gained ascendancy, and after an interval, disappeared into the fog of an unremembered
past, leaving only bits and pieces to be borrowed anew and eventually inserted into
literary tracts by its inheritors.
The Bible bears witness to this process. Its stories, some apparently ill- remembered
borrowings, have been accompanied by the heroics of a people‘s champions, their
genealogies identifying their uniqueness, a chronology of their particular history, and
special words of wisdom. All these, put together with a seemingly otherworldly vision,
have allowed it a longevity rarely equaled by any other literary endeavor.
The apparent skill with which these have been assembled lends to the assumption that
they were meant to be seen as the parables that they appear to be to this aut hor. The
orders of succession match rather well with the chronology of discoveries made
throughout the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries‘ scientific method.
Some of these discoveries, at first glance, seem at odds with a traditional
interpretation gleaned by ardent and careful study conducted by the Christian Church‘s
clergy and other religious leadership over centuries of apparently prayerful scholarship.
But, are these differences real? Or, do they only take on the appearance of reality due
to a certain lack of understanding by adherents on both sides of this controversy?
This new approach is meant to move the discussion away from the entrenched
extremes, while hopefully adding a bit of that otherworldly wisdom to help in a renewal
of the search for a common ground of understanding, which will respect both the new
knowledge of the present and the uncanny wisdom of the ages.
The Biblical Account of the Beginning
Science’s Attempt to -see through | to how it all might have
Then God said -Let there be light. | And light appeared. And God was pleased with it,
and divided the light from the darkness. So He let it shine for a while and then there was
—Gen. 1:3–5, TLB
(At this point I wish to reiterate: All my attempts to explain scientific discoveries, as
earlier acknowledged, will be from a layman‘s perspective as gleaned from many primary
and secondary sources.)
William Hubble theorized from his discoveries in the early thirties that the universe
was expanding. Attempts by others within the scientific community to extrapolate a
reversal of his proposed order of expansion brought them to a startling conclusion. The
end result would leave them with a singularity, an extremely intense immeasurably small
point of light. Beyond this, they felt that the scientific method could provide no provable
precondition. Derisively inspired commentary brought forth the title, the big bang theory.