Ecclesiastes
Introduction

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Good Stuff
Contradictions
Absurdities
Science and History
Interpretation
Women

Science and Nature in Ecclesiastes

  1. "The sun also ariseth"
    Although this verse is interpreted figuratively today, it was taken literally by virtually all Christians until the Copernican revolution, and was used by the Church to condemn Galileo for teaching the heliocentric heresy. 1:5

  2. "The place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again."
    Good description of the water cycle. 1:7
  3. "He hath made every thing beautiful."
    Everything is beautiful in its own way. Parasitic worms, cancer cells, bubonic plague. You just have to look at it from God's eyes. 3:11

  4. "No man can find out the work that God maketh."
    Science is impossible. We can learn nothing at all about the natural world. 3:11

  5. "That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?"
    Who can find out? We can by using science! The earth, ocean, solar system, galaxy, and universe -- nothing is too deep or far away for science to discover and explore. 7:24

  6. "Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it."
    Oh, I think science has done a pretty good job of finding things out over the last four centuries or so. 8:16

  7. "Thou knowest not ... how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child."
    Actually, this is pretty well understood by modern embryology. 11:5