Science And The Bible. Number 3 -- By: James D. Dana

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 014:54 (Apr 1857)
Article: Science And The Bible. Number 3
Author: James D. Dana

Science And The Bible. Number 3

James D. Dana

With Remarks On The “Six Days Of Creation” And The “World-Problem” Of Prof. Tayler Lewis1

Science and the Bible,—the first and the second revelation; the one telling of God’s wisdom and power, and his plan of creation; the other declaring God’s holiness and love, his majesty as the Infinite King, his condescension as a Redeemer: the one proffering aid to physical and intellectual man; the other meeting the highest wants of the soul, and opening to it the light and joy of heaven :—these are the views recognized in our earlier chapters on Science and the Bible.2 Our plan led us to dwell mostly on the earlier revelation, as this is too often misunderstood and depreciated even by men of whom more knowledge might be expected.

But our words have been regarded as an attempted ele-

vation of reason or nature to a level with the Bible.3 There are few that will see heresy or a “pious fraud” in the phrase “Science and the Bible.” Yet some further illustration of the relation of the two revelations to one another, and to man and truth, may not be unprofitable.

It will be seen from the confession of our faith, more than once given, that we regard the two revelations as holding distinct positions; in harmony, it is true, both having the same Author, but yet different in scope and purpose. The past and present constitute the subject of one; the present and future, of the other; and that future an eternity; that eternity, the life-time of the soul; and that soul capable of piercing eternity with its gaze, and reaching upward to realms of happiness only through the light of this second revelation.

The revelation in nature was first opened to man, while he was still bearing the image of his Maker. With that image bright, like heaven’s own orb, he could read of love

and infinite glories in every work from a Father’s hand. A perpetual radiance then passed from heaven to earth, and from earth to heaven, and the light of nature added brightness to the ever-flowing interchange. But man fell; self usurped the place of God; the light became dim within, and the revelation in nature dim also, to such a soul. Then the second revelation began its announcements, seeking to restore to man that which had been lost of the image of God, to rekindle the consciousness of Heaven’s sympathy, ...

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