Today our lesson involves the scientific method and the Old Testament. Now, in today’s highly charged world, science and religion seem to be at odds with one another, and that’s a polite characterization. Read The Creation of Debate by Phil Plait for Slate, a year ago, for some background. (Mr. Plait covers the Bill “The Science Guy” Nye/Ken “Creation Museum Guy” Ham debate about evolution v. creationism, and more.)
I have a theory—not provable, at all—which actually reconciles the two positions. First, though, a bit of background.
The Torah, also known as the Five Books of Moses and the Pentateuch, dates back to 450 BCE, or some 2450 years ago. The Torah is a historical text, purportedly explaining early life