Another Naturalistic Explanation for a Theological Claim: ‘Science’ Attempts to ‘Explain’ The Parting of the Red Sea

Location of the Red Sea

Scientists can no more keep their ignorant hands off the Bible than a dog can rid itself of fleas or New York its bedbug infestation.

Mother Earth could have parted the Red Sea, hatching the great escape described in the biblical book of Exodus, a new study finds. A strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have swept water off a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon along the Mediterranean Sea, said study team member Carl Drews of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. While archaeologists and Egyptologists have found little evidence that any events described in Exodus actually happened, the study outlines a perfect storm that could have led to the 3,000-year-old escape.

Scientists, hear me, the Bible doesn’t need your explanations. Try curing the common cold and leave the Bible to people who understand it. Bloody gits. Naturalistic explanations have been around since the enlightenment. And do you know what they prove? Nothing. People of faith don’t need them and people without faith don’t need them either. Apologetics as an enterprise in its entirety is a vapid and pointless exercise in futility and- quite frankly, God doesn’t need you to defend Him, you arrogant prat. On that point Barth was 100% right.

I’m so tired of science dabbling where it doesn’t belong.  I think I’ll find a scientist and do a bit of brain surgery on him.  Let’s see how he likes it then when people with no training dabble.

11 thoughts on “Another Naturalistic Explanation for a Theological Claim: ‘Science’ Attempts to ‘Explain’ The Parting of the Red Sea

  1. […] Update: Jim West offers his valuable insights!  Read his response here. […]


  2. arenmaeir 21 Sep 2010 at 11:54 am

    Naturalistic explanations of biblical miracles go way back before the Enlightenment. For example, there was a Medieval debate between Maimonides (who believed that all [or most] miracles can be explained through the laws of nature) and other Jewish Philosophers (such as Hasdai Crescas, a disputant of Maimonides on many issues) who believed that miracles are miracles are miracles.
    As to the location of the Red Sea. From reading the news release, I believe they are referring to the “Red Sea” in northern Sinai (the Bardawil swamp, and thus, perhaps, the “Reed Sea”) and not the Red Sea of today (as on your map). And there is nothing really new in these suggestions. Quite similar ones have been raised in the past.


    • Jim 21 Sep 2010 at 12:17 pm

      oh its an old argument i know. still all just like the silly naturalistic ideas of the enlightenment, which thought it was rescuing the bible!


  3. Emerson Fast 21 Sep 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I agree, scientists should be lobotomized.


    • Jim 21 Sep 2010 at 1:17 pm

      when they step into the field of theology and biblical interpretation they most definitely should.


  4. steph 21 Sep 2010 at 1:45 pm

    fundamentalist can only ever be charlatan ‘scientists’. It’s not science, it’s religious apologetics. Master East and Jim, THEY ARE NOT SCIENTISTS!!


  5. Gilgamesh 22 Sep 2010 at 5:51 pm

    As a grad student in the natural sciences, let me say that not all scientists do this sort of hogwash. My own studies of “scholarship” on the Star of Bethlehem shows that there is plenty of crap by non-experts (none can read Greek or Hebrew), but at least there are some in the field that can actually call a spade a spade. Cf. Sky & Telescope (Dec 2007).

    So please, don’t lobotomize me.


    • Jim 22 Sep 2010 at 5:58 pm

      are you sure? ive got my knife all sharpened…


  6. steph 22 Sep 2010 at 7:31 pm

    laughing out loud – don’t tempt Jim, he’s dangermouse!


  7. Carl Drews 16 Mar 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Dr. West –
    What part of your pastoral training teaches you to threaten a Christian scientist with a sharpened knife?


    • Jim 16 Mar 2011 at 2:06 pm

      its no threat. i’ve yet to find an actual scientist. they’re like unicorns…


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