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I explore an intriguing area that has crept under the radar of today’s science-and-theology conversation, namely scientific studies of the big miracle and catastrophe stories of the Bible (e.g. Noah’s flood, or the plagues of Egypt). These studies have proposed naturalistic explanations for some of the most spectacular and unlikely of the biblical miracles. While the scientists believe their naturalistic interpretations represent a major advance in understanding the stories, professional biblical scholars show little interest, or are openly disdainful. I will point out the striking parallels with the foundational ‘catastrophism-uniformitarianism’ controversy in nineteenth-century geology, and will suggest that the debate also takes us towards a novel kind of natural theology when we consider the biblical miracle and catastrophe texts. Here, the spectacular scientific explanations do not deny the miraculous character of the biblical stories so much as provide a uniquely modern purchase on their transcendent quality.
|Early online date||21 Nov 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Dec 2018|
- naturalistic explanation
- biblical studies
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- 1 Public Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar
The Boyle Lecture
Mark Harris (Invited speaker)7 Feb 2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Public Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar
- School of Divinity - Personal Chair of Natural Science and Theology
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