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the razor of Occam and the rod of Moses

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 23, 2010

Thanks to the wonders of computer modeling, we now know that parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Book of Exodus, could have been accomplished by 65-mph winds across a portion of expanse where an ancient river had merged into the sea.

The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics. The wind moves the water in a way that's in accordance with physical laws, creating a safe passage with water on two sides and then abruptly allowing the water to rush back in.

Great. Nobody has ever seen it happen, but it's theoretically possible. Good to know.

Now boot up those computers again, and see if you can calculate the odds that a 65-mph wind would just happen to hit the Red Sea at the same time that Moses stretched out his hands over that particular stretch of water, and die down when Moses raised his hands again. 

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  • Posted by: sparch - Sep. 24, 2010 10:17 AM ET USA

    God always works through his own creation, weather that is man, beast or, in this case, nature and physics. God created the world so he may act within its boundaries so we may see his hand in our world. Of course there is a scientific explaination of all miricles, but each story contains the intervention of God that seems out of the ordinary. A miricle within a miricle.

  • Posted by: Salome - Sep. 23, 2010 5:00 PM ET USA

    I think it's rather comforting to think that God intervenes by using means that are explainable by the laws of nature.

  • Posted by: FrPhillips1125 - Sep. 23, 2010 4:04 PM ET USA

    It could have happened at that very moment if God made it happen... oh, whoops, wait a minute. That's not the point the scientists wanted to make. Maybe it was Stephen Hawking's gravity theory that did it.