Majority is not right, just stronger
The Rev. Allan Thoreson seems to have missed some keys points in his attempted retort to Dr. Tambrino’s column. Just because almost all Bible scholars and serious scientists agree on certain issues does not mean they are in the right. There are numerous examples throughout history where the majority was not right, but, as Pascal noted, just stronger. Why do people think Noah took two of every present-day animal? There is change and variation within genus and species over time (look at dogs and horses). Also, who ever said Noah took adult animals on the ark? Babies are typically much smaller. Nobody was there and nobody knows for certain. There is absolutely no hard scientific evidence to back up the modern assertion that human ancestry dates back one million years and dinosaurs existed 125 million to 65 million years ago. No dating method is 100 percent accurate. Rev. Thoreson should go back to the library and find Vino DeLoria Jr.’s book “Evolution, Creationism, and Other Modern Myths.” The only reason modern science continues to support its claims is because Darwinism needs those amazingly long lengths of time to be a plausible theory. Without that time span, evolution, through slow gradual steps, becomes a completely dead theory. Unfortunately, in our present age, there is no other solid, theological or nontheological, theory set to take its place, so the majority continues to cling to this belief instead of seeking a more consistent answer to these difficult questions. As for Leviathan, Rev. Thoreson: A whale? Really? Read your Bible more closely: “His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between…His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth…Strength resides in his neck…His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge” (Job 41:15-30 NIV). Where is the whale that has shields on his back, a neck and thrashes in the mud? Dr. Tambrino may not have been 100 percent correct in his answer, but it is just as believable and possible as any theory modern science has thrown our way in the past 100 years.