The Bible is Fallible, Nature is Not

For the holy Bible and the phenomena of nature proceed alike from the divine Word, the former as the dictate of the Holy Ghost and the latter as the observant executrix of God's commands. It is necessary for the Bible, in order to be accommodated to the understanding of every man, to speak many things which appear to differ from the absolute truth so far as the bare meaning of the words is concerned. But Nature, on the other hand, is inexorable and immutable; she never transgresses the laws imposed upon her, or cares a whit whether her abstruse reasons and methods of operation are understandable to men. For that reason it appears that nothing physical which sense-experience sets before our eyes, or which necessary demonstrations prove to us, ought to be called in question (much less condemned) upon the testimony of biblical passages which may have some different meaning beneath their words.


Gallileo argues that we must accept what we see in Nature, even if it conflicts with the bible.

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 Discoveries and opinions of Galileo
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Galilei , Galileo and Drake , Stillman (1957), Discoveries and opinions of Galileo, Anchor, Retrieved on 2012-05-18
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