Where science meets creationism

first_imgDavid Montgomery is a rock star. Literally. A prominent geologist, his work on landscape evolution earned him a 2008 MacArthur “genius” award. His most recent work explores an unexpected crossroads: where geology intersects with the Bible. His 2013 book, “The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood,” examines how flood and creation stories influenced the history of geology. Montgomery will speak about his work at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Knafel Center on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. The session is free and open to the public.In an interview with the Gazette, Montgomery, professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, discussed his latest work and the seemingly intractable divide of science versus religion.GAZETTE: Can you explain why a geologist would write a book about the world’s flood stories?MONTGOMERY: It started on a field expedition in southeastern Tibet, when we discovered evidence for the failure of a glacial ice dam that sent an enormous flood surging down the gorge of the Tsangpo River (the upper Brahmaputra). I was surprised to find that the local villagers had an oral tradition of such a flood having occurred around the eighth century — and even more surprised when our carbon dates came back from that time period. It got me wondering about how many of the world’s other flood stories might have their roots in geological events.GAZETTE: You’ve said that the roots and origins of geology can be traced back to an attempt to formalize, through rational analysis, the explanation of Noah’s flood. Can you elaborate a little?MONTGOMERY: I didn’t expect to learn this, but if you read 17th- and 18th-century works from the early days of geological thought, you quickly notice how most frame the interpretation of what one can read in the rocks through the lens of Noah’s flood. In a sense, Noah’s flood was the default theory for what had laid down the rocks and shaped topography. After Nicholas Steno, the Catholic bishop widely revered as the intellectual founding father of geology, developed his principles for reading the rock record, he used them to interpret the story he read as involving Noah’s flood as a key event in the history of the world.Confident that investigating the geological story using reason would reveal the story of creation, early investigators used Steno’s principles to start reading Earth’s autobiography. In so doing, they found that the world was far older than they had imagined — and eventually showed there was no evidence for a global flood. This, in turn, triggered 19th-century arguments over how to reinterpret the biblical stories of creation and Noah’s flood. And therein lies important roots of the modern conflict between creationism and science.GAZETTE: Do you feel like your work has helped to diffuse the science versus religion debate? How?MONTGOMERY: I think that a better understanding of the history of thought both in geology and in theology would better focus such debate. No, I don’t think that my work has moved the needle on this issue. But I would frame the debate as not between religion and science but rather as between creationism and science. I think that it is unfortunate that cultural debates such as the recent one between Ken Ham and Bill Nye generally overlook how the geological model of a global flood that creationists offer to undercut evolution was soundly refuted before Darwin ever set off around the world on The Beagle.GAZETTE: Do you think this fundamental conflict between science and creationism is dangerous today?MONTGOMERY: Yes, very much so. We have such enormous problems to confront in this century around the basic way that our world works — with looming crises around soil, climate, energy, and water — that focusing societal energy on rehashing arguments that were widely viewed as settled by the end of the 19th century verges on collective insanity. It would be more beneficial for religious faith to help guide humanity to become better stewards of creation, as many people of faith are quietly trying to do.GAZETTE: Why the either/or divide on science versus religion, in which we treat them as polar opposites? Are they?MONTGOMERY: Science and religion certainly approach seeing and understanding the world from opposite directions, and they do come into conflict when scientific discoveries contradict religious beliefs about the material world. But in doing the research for my book, I was surprised to learn about the long-running view in Christian theology that God���s two books — the Bible and nature, creation itself — could not contradict one another because they shared the same author. In other words, there is a strong tradition in Christianity that what one can learn from the study of nature must inform how one interprets the Bible. While the collective enterprise of science does not need any particular religion, or religion at all, all religions must grapple with how to interpret their own beliefs in the context of scientific discoveries about how our world works. I’ve come to see the war between science and religion as better viewed as a conflict within religion over how to view science.last_img read more

Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs Tottenham

first_imgAdvertisement Owen is expecting United to edge a win over Spurs (Picture: Getty Images)Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to edge a win over Spurs, while he expects Chelsea to get the victory Crystal Palace, Arsenal to get the better of Sheffield United and Manchester City to beat Leeds United 4-1.The main match-up of Matchday 4 is United vs Spurs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs the man he succeeded at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho.The two bosses have been taking digs at each other across the past week and the friction between the managers may translate into a fiery battle on the pitch. Solskjaer goes up against Mourinho at Old Trafford on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Former Liverpool and United striker Owen says that although he expects Mourinho’s side to be disciplined, he’s backing United to get all three points.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told BetVictor: ‘This match has the added twist that Mourinho returns to Old Trafford. These are situations he thrives in and I expect Spurs to be disciplined. ‘United have had problems of their own in their first two matches even though they managed to nick the points last week at Brighton, and I think they could have just enough to edge it here.’ Man Utd v Tottenham: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:23FullscreenMan Utd v Tottenham: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-utd-v-tottenham-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-press-conference-2261698/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing set of results, losing to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on penalties earlier this week and drawing 3-3 with West Bromich Albion last weekend.However, Owen predicts that Frank Lampard’s side can get the job done against Crystal Palace, the team that beat United 3-1 in their season opener.He added: ‘Manchester United conquerors Crystal Palace will again quietly fancy their chances here, but I fancy Chelsea to fire and come away with the points.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsManchester City go up against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side looking for their third win in the Premier League.Owen is expecting City to put four goals past the Whites and win 4-1.Elsewhere, Arsenal take on Sheffield United at The Emirates, and with the Blades yet to win a league game this season, Owen says he ‘can’t see anything other than a home win’. The ex-England striker also predicts an easy three points for his former side Liverpool as they travel away to Aston Villa.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Jose Mourinho’s dig about Manchester United’s penaltiesMORE: Paul Pogba urges Ousmane Dembele to join Manchester United from BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Commentcenter_img Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs Tottenham Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShareslast_img read more

Stauffer announces Deck Your House winners

first_imgThe 1st place submission was the Kennedy Family at 395 Arlington Drive in Batesville.BATESVILLE, Ind. – Batesville third grader Ryan Stauffer announced live on WRBI the winners of Batesville’s first annual Deck Your House contest.Stauffer penned a letter to the mayor proposing a citywide home holiday decorating contest that benefits the local food pantry.City officials launched the friendly competition and Stauffer was forced to top three displays from a field of twelve submissions.First place is being awarded to the Kennedy Family of 395 Arlington Drive.Second place is received by the Beckner Family of 308 Maplewood Avenue.Third place is given to Jim and Maureen Saner of 105 S. Mulberry Street.Over 400 canned goods were collected and given to the food pantry, Stauffer added.last_img read more