The Bible isn’t a textbook
To the Editor:
Erik Thorp recently (March 21) lamented that the Executive Climate Change Council inconsiderately wants to stop man’s depredations against the environment. He cited Bible verses supposedly illustrating man’s foolishness in attempting to correct Earth’s problems because such efforts are beyond our powers. Seriously? We should consider selected verses from a 4,000-year-old book concerning present conditions the authors could have no knowledge about?
If you are going to use the Bible as a science textbook, then you must believe the world is flat, supported by columns, and that the heavens are solid. You must believe that bats are birds, snakes can talk, and fish can swallow a human whole (then spit him out without their digestive juices causing any harm to the human). You must believe there was light before the sun, sea creatures before plant life, and a shield of water surrounding the planet before the mythical flood.
Given that there are so many inaccuracies and mistakes in just this small compilation, why should we consider using Mr. Thorp’s edicts as justification for ignoring earthly problems? If there is no need for man to stop polluting, then let’s just let garbage litter the streets, dump our motor oil in reservoirs, knock down the dams holding back coal ash, pump sewage directly into rivers, and put lead back into gasoline. According to Mr. Thorp, nothing we do will in any way cause an increase in greenhouse gases, smog, pollution, or the wholesale destruction of the species.
You see, he knows the Truth. He read it in a book. And it’s a good book because it doesn’t have any of those disturbing things like statistics, and theories, and facts – those pesky things that make you think.