April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

A section of Isaiah 55 was one of the readings at the Easter Vigil Mass last night, and verse 10 always struck me:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth”

Isaiah lived in the eighth century B.C., several centuries before individuals like Aristotle hypothesized that water from rivers and streams in addition to rainfall filled the oceans. It was almost two and a half centuries before the concepts of water vapor, evaporation, and the return of water to the atmosphere were advanced.

Yes, there is quite a bit of mythology in the Bible, but was Isaiah 55:10 a remarkable guess or inspired scientific insight?

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