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The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion

the interior. Eventually, the shrinkage would have buckled the now much more rigid
shell, thrusting it up in some places abo ve the surface of the shallow sea of water.
-Then God said, =Let there be lights in the firmament of the Heavens to divide the day
from the night—‘ Then God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day; and
the lesser light to rule the night. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day |
(Gen. 1:14–19).
Consistent with telescopic discoveries of other star- forming areas of the cosmos, a
surrounding cloud of interstellar dust and particles of all sizes shrouds a newborn star‘s
light almost completely. When our sun ignited, it was most surely similarly shrouded.
The in-falling cloud would have increased its velocity as the sun‘s volume swelled. Its
gravitational pull would have grown stronger and its nuclear fire burned hotter, as it
gradually swept clear the inner reaches of its domain.
One by one its newly formed planets would appear from out of the haze that had
made them possible. The sun now shone full upon each as it spun slowly on its axis, its
sun-side brightly reflecting the increased intensity of that light. Day and night (light and
darkness) had now come to our earth.
Meteorites of all sizes constantly bombarded the earth and it grew larger from all of
the in-falling material. As the light-borne pressure from the blazing sun pushed out in all
directions, it created counter pressure against its shroud, pushing it inexorably away from
its inner reaches, the bombardment slowed but never quite stopped. At around this time,
it is theorized, a Mars-sized body struck our earth a glancing b low, shearing off a portion
of its crustal region. The foreign body embedded itself into the interior of the larger
planet, as the shearing floated into an ever- more regular orbit. It slowly coalesced, finally
turning into the pale lunar night- light that one sees today.
-Then God said, =Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and
let the birds fly above the earth—‘ So God created great sea creatures and every living
thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their k ind—So the
evening and the morning were the fifth day | (Gen. 1:20–23).
Geology is the study of the inorganic solid outer portion of the earth. O ne of its
subdivisions includes paleontology, the study of fossils of the remains of plants and
animals of the geologic past.
Paleontology is subdivided into two fields of study. Paleobotany concerns the fossil
remains of plants, and paleozoology deals with the hard parts of animals, and more
recently with some soft parts that have managed to leave some evidence of their earlier
existence and function.
The consensus from paleontology seems to be that all life began as one-celled plant
life that at first dwelled in the seas but slowly adapted to living on the land above sea
level. Animal life, following a similar pattern, emerged somewhat later as environmental
changes accommodated their needs.
The theory of evolution developed from these and other fields of inquiry. As I
understand it, the simplest definition of this theory involves the continuous genetic
adaptation of organisms to their environment. At times that environment has remained
relatively stable over very long periods, only to be followed by a succession of rapidly
changing environments and then another long period of quiet existence. This has recently
been referred to by that well-known geologist Stephen Jay Gould as his theory of
Punctuated Equilibrium.