Magical Mysteries

A new study was released a few weeks ago showing natural laws could have parted the Red Sea:

Mother Earth could have parted the Red Sea, hatching the great escape described in the biblical book of Exodus, a new study finds.

“People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts,” Drews said. “What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.”

I personally find it very interesting when stories from The Bible are proven using science, but this study struck me for another reason:

A strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have swept water off a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon along the Mediterranean Sea, said study team member Carl Drews of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. While archaeologists and Egyptologists have found little evidence that any events described in Exodus actually happened, the study outlines a perfect storm that could have led to the 3,000-year-old escape.

As interesting as this study may be, is proving the parting of the Red Sea the best use of taxpayer funded science research? Unless there is an application for this knowledge that is not being shared in the article, I wonder if this is a violation of Church and State separation and if our tax dollars wouldn’t have been better spent researching other matters.

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