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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Evolution Crossfire (5)

Bible kmows medicine (II) ...

"The Bible describes medical and sanitary practices remarkable for the time. It says you should bury your excrement [Deut. 23:13]. It requires people to wash themselves after touching a dead body [Numbers 19:11-22]. It notes that the eighth day after birth is the safest time to perform circumcisions [Gen. 17:12, Lev. 12:2-3].

commented by Anon, 1985. Life--How Did It Get Here?, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., p. 204-206.

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This doesn't do much to support the claim of biblical divinity, as many pre-scientific societies develop useful medical knowledge by trial and error. This isn't usually done in a deliberate fashion, but rather (ironically) in a slower, darwinian fashion that allows these practices to select for societies with traditions that are beneficial to the individuals that comprise them.

3 Comments:

Blogger postliberal said...

Is that you in the picture? I do hope so, hehe.

I think it'd be a shame if people were trying to rest the credibility of scripture on it's anticipation of modern medicine, or the advancement oif advice contained within. There were a lot of anchient cultures around with some pretty sophisicated 'healthcare', to use a modern concept, so I think these are shaky grounds.

7:12 AM  
Blogger La Bona said...

Thanks PL.

No, I am not the protestor in the picture. He is a modern Jew who obviously think the Abrahamic Covenant is nothing but a Mickey Mouse tale.

NB: I think he must be quite mad at his parents to have allowed the Rabbi to slit his foreskin off without his approval and worst of all, he will never know what it feels like to have some foreskin on his little Johnny ...

11:39 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

I must say it wouldn't be my greatest loss - hardly comparible to losing a finger. Or said jonny.

Strangely, though I find reform Judaism the most sympathetic, I find it hard to rouse so much sympathy for the person in the picture. Of course if it was you, I'd have gone "aww bless" to see you taking your message out into the streets!

8:59 PM  

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