Thursday, April 9, 2009

Scientific explanations for the parting of the Red Sea, the 10 plagues, and the burning bush.

Michael Lukas, writing for Slate, explores the scientific explanations of the Exodus story in sources as varied as "Modeling the Hydrodynamic Situation of the Exodus", Colin Humphreys' The Miracles of Exodus, John Marr's "domino theory" of the ten plagues, and an article by Norwegian physicist Dag Kristian Dysthe on the possibility of spontaneous combustion.

Lukas ends his article on an uplifting note. Acknowledging that some are "attempting to cast doubt on the foundations of monotheism" Lukas adds:
But not all the explanations of the Passover story are motivated by such ardent secularism. In The Miracles of Exodus, Humphreys writes that "a natural explanation of the events of the Exodus doesn't to my mind make them any less miraculous. … What made certain events miraculous was their timing."

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