A Syllabus of Science for the Entire Bible
Steve Wiggins at Sects and Violence in the Ancient World has a great post on the inevitability of Creationism overtaking actual science in the classroom. Really, what it implicitly highlights is the fact that organizations and interpreters such as Answers in Genesis really pick and choose their Bible science and apply a hermeneutic to Gen 1-11 that would be ridiculous to many followers of their ‘rationale’ if applied elsewhere in the Bible.
I’ve been working on a sample syllabus for high school science teachers. The way I see it, this new focus in American education should teach science the way the Bible does – no holds barred, no punches pulled. No picking and choosing like Creationists do.
Steve doesn’t have a name for his syllabus yet, so I’m proposing Steve Wiggins’ Super-Duper Syllabus of Real Science Because Its From the Bible:
Astronomy: study of that mysterious dome that encircles our earth. It seems to have holes poked through it, or so it looks at night. Science can change depending on the time of day. The sun and moon live in that dome as well, as our astronauts can attest. (Their views that the earth is round, without four corners as the Bible instructs, are, of course, heretical.)
Meteorology: study of the windows of the dome. When God opens these it rains. When God is angry he sends fire down from the dome. The loud sound that follows that is his angry voice. So play nice!
Geology: study of the very center of the cosmos. Our flat earth home, with its four corners and steady pillars reaching down into Sheol, is the exact center of everything. There are no such things as dinosaurs (or cats) since they are not mentioned in the Bible. The layers that you see here and there were all caused by the flood in a matter of about 150 days. The whole thing took only 6 days to make.
Biology: study of the separate kinds God created. Let’s be honest here: the chihuahua and the mastiff share a common ancestor? Preposterous! God made each kind separately and they’ve stayed that way for the past 6000 years. Oh, and yes, animals have telekinetic abilities – that’s how they knew to show up at the ark on time. And when the flood was over the marsupials all knew to swim to Australia. Koalas are surprisingly strong in the breast-stroke category.
Humanology: study of human beings (which are not animals). We were created after the animals (unless you read Genesis 2, where we were created from dust before the animals) and are therefore superior to them. Our natural lifespan is about 600 years, but if you are really wicked you might make it almost to 1000. Reproduction is by means of men planting seeds in women. Females contribute nothing to new children except a womb of their own. We teach these new generations by using the science of miracles, and since there are no schools in the Bible, what are we doing here anyway?
Steve is working on a high-school syllabus, but I can also imagine a college level syllabus based on Bible science – Medicine: bird blood cures leprosy! Species Identification: clean and unclean!
I shall have to think about this; it might be fun. I could start my own Christian science organization Answers in Leviticus, and demand that real Christians read the Bible more literally like me, and shame them into believing that if they really loved God they would send me money and teach my literature from AiL (We already have a short form!) in their schools.