Man in Genesis and in Geology: Or, the Biblical Account of Man's Creation, Tested by Scientific Theories of His Origin and Antiquity

Man in Genesis and in Geology: Or, the Biblical Account of Man's Creation, Tested by Scientific Theories of His Origin and Antiquity

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Man in Genesis and in Geology: Or, the Biblical Account of Man's Creation, Tested by Scientific Theories of His Origin and Antiquity

Man in Genesis and in Geology: Or, the Biblical Account of Man's Creation, Tested by Scientific Theories of His Origin and Antiquity

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The question How to adjust the facts of Science to the Bible? assumes not only that the Bible is a book of divine authority, but that its authority reaches over the world of physical phenomena with which Science is directly concerned, so that no fact declared by Science can be accepted as true if it conflicts with any statement of the Bible. The question How to adjust the Bible to the facts of Science? assumes that the Bible is constantly on trial, in respect of its truth and its divine authority; and that in any case of apparent conflict, the facts of Science must take precedence of the declarations of the Bible. Hence, on the one hand, the cry of infidelity is raised against men of Science, and on the other the Bible is set aside, at least in all that relates to the primeval history of the world and Man, as a book of crude and antiquated traditions. Either of these modes of viewing the relations of the Bible and Science is incomplete and illogical. The true method of physical Science keeps within its own province of the observation and induction of facts, and will not trespass upon the ground of Biblical criticism and interpretation. A sound Theology looks upon Nature as the handiwork of God, and while it accepts a supernatural Revelation upon evidence peculiar to itself, it accepts also every established fact of the physical universe as equally of divine origin and authority. Hence the devout inquirer after truth will be bent,--not upon devising some compromise between Science and the Bible, as presumably at variance,--but upon ascertaining the exact facts of Nature, as a portion of God's testimony concerning Himself, and the precise meaning of the Bible according to legitimate principles of interpretation. When each class of declarations is fairly brought out by its own methods, if there is a seeming discrepancy, neither will be set aside as of inferior authority, but either some error of observation, induction, or interpretation will be suspected; or while both forms of testimony are accredited, the decision of the case will be held in abeyance, until a more advanced knowledge shall reconcile them from some higher plane, where the harmonies of all Science, physical and metaphysical, and of all Revelation, the secondary and the supernatu-

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