Evolution and Meteorology

Now see, I doubt many people ever search for “Evolution and Meteorology” – but now, the ones who do will all end up here. Especially now that I’ve said it twice. You underestimate the sneakiness.

In the undergraduate campus ministry we attended, we sometimes sang the Chris Tomlin song Indescribable. Here are some of the lyrics:

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go?
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow?
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night?
None can fathom.

It’s about God – I hope you got that. My wife mentioned once that, although this is a modern song, it sort of feels scientifically outdated. We don’t usually think of God up there personally directing lightning bolts – the buildup of static charges directs lightning bolts, right? And we don’t think of God actively concealing the sun every night – the Earth is just rotating, is all. As for heavenly storehouses – well, if you mean clouds, I guess that’s OK! Yet we still sing this song with passion.

I thought of this today after reading a Goodreads review that Sarah Brodsky unintentionally alerted me to by David Hershey on the book Why Evolution is True. I don’t want to talk about the book, which I haven’t read, but I thought the reviewer made an interesting point (I fixed typos),

The Bible talks often about God sending rain and sunshine. Yet when meteorology explained how weather patterns occur naturally, no one blinked an eye. People of faith continued to see that behind those natural processes, God is still involved in the weather. There is no battle to get a creationist view of meteorology taught in schools. I imagine when you read a meteorology textbook there are no slams on God, there is no argument that because we know how weather arises naturally we know God has nothing to do with it.

Perhaps there is a lesson for both sides here, but in his review Hershey is especially criticizing people who not only write in defense of evolution, but then use evolution to attack religious faith. Because the Bible says that God created life on this planet, if they can show that evolution is true then they have also shown that God is uninvolved or does not exist. Not at all. No more so than the discovery of the science of meteorology showed that God does not exist because Jesus said that “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45). Nor did it make that statement any less true. God is still behind those processes. He created them and He supervises them – our increased scientific knowledge has not changed that. And while we may disagree with other Christians today and historically on what steps He followed in, say, creating the sun and setting up a natural process that made it disappear every night, we know He was involved all along, and can certainly sing Him praise for it.

So it seems to me, anyways. I’m interested in any thoughts you may have on this.

By the way, Goodreads is the social networking site for cool people. You should have an account. If you’re cool.

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