Kragar at Little Green Footballs brings us the latest in the Wingnut War To Say Dumb Stuff; from “Joe” the “Plumber” (*Caution: Neither Joe nor Plumber).
He says that the Bible beats Science. That’s not the dumb part. Even I, no believer, agree that Jesus and the Bible can give us wisdom in areas where science simply has nothing to offer. No, the dumb part is his explanation: the Bible has no revisions.
Wurzelbacher explained how his pastor, who seems to believe that faith and science are incompatible, noted that while science textbooks have several new editions, the Bible has never been revised. ”Revision Seven.’ He said, ‘now look at the Bible, what does it say’? I said, ‘Holy Bible.’ He said, ‘see any revisions on it Joe’? I said, ‘no.’ He said, ‘the reason why is because this is God’s word…man’s always looking for an answer, that’s why it’s revised.”
Apparently his pastor wasn’t using the New Revised Standard version of the Bible. Or, if he was, maybe Joe was just too embarrassed to admit that he can’t read. And, never mind the 92 complete English language versions of the Bible listed in Wikipedia.
The more important point is that the ability and the inclination to revise science books speaks to its strength, not its weakness. Done properly, science always admits of doubt, permits testing, and demands revision where the testing demonstrates error.