Theistic Meteorology

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See Theistic Evolution! — also Theistic Heliocentrism, which like this page is not completely serious, but has a serious message!

Meteorology is closely analogous to Evolution. Both are scientific disciplines which describe, explain and predict natural phenomena which the Bible attributes to divine action. Despite the analogy, they are very different in people's reaction to them! (Is it really analogous? Further discussion: Is Meteorology analogous to Evolution?)

Firstly, Evolution often comes with the adjective Theistic — "Theistic Evolution" — and Meteorology does not. The reason was instructive to Dr Stephen Godfrey, a Christian palaeontologist who at first did not accept that biological diversity could have resulted from continuous, long-operating natural processes. He writes of the change in his views here.

An extract:

When I espoused the creationist paradigm, I did not object to the science of meteorology! But I should have, because there can be no doubt that, according to the Bible, it is God who “sends rain upon the face of the earth” (a claim made in Genesis 7:4, Leviticus 26:4, Deuteronomy 11:14, 1 Kings 17:14, Job 5:10, and Psalm 147:8, among many other places). Are these references to miraculous interventions by God to send rain, or are they descriptions of natural occurrences? The text in Deuteronomy 11:14, at least, seems to indicate that these are the expected, naturally caused rains that God is sending: “that He may give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.”

Bruce (talk)


A chain of references relevant to Meteorology in the Bible begins here →

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Similarly, consider Theistic Embryology — it's biological, but not evolutionary!