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December 08, 2004
The Bible as the Source of Scientific Truths
We're all familiar with the creationist movement taking its cues from the Bible and their battlefronts in the school districts, most recently in Dover, Pennsylvania.
Then, perhaps feeling emboldended, or simply wanting to open another front, the Biblical interpretation of the Universe was extended to geology, specifically arguing about the formation of the Grand Canyon. What's next, well the Dover activists, could be looking to reform mathematical constants: Hat tip to Kimberly Swygert
The Dover school board has raised eyebrows and ire across Pennsylvania and the country after requiring math teachers to offer 3 as an acceptable value of Pi. . . ."That's all well and good," said Maureen Callister, Dover school board member, "But what about God? Doesn't he have a say?" Callister cited the Bible, First Kings chapter 7, verse 23, where it says, "He [King Solomon] proceeded to make the molten sea ten cubits from its brim to its other brim, [...] and it took a line of thirty cubits to circle all around it." "If 3 is a good enough 'pi' for the Almighty, then it ought to be good enough for us," stated Callister.
(The above is quoted from a satirical site, much like the Onion.)