I wasn't sure what to say to Mel that evening. I wanted to comfort him in the hope that he could comfort me. So I said to him, "Such a sad day." And Mel, in his matter of fact way, which could often mask deep wisdom as plain common sense, replied: "This is not a tragedy. War, now that's tragic. Poverty and hunger, that's a tragedy. This is not a tragedy."
And I ascended this pulpit that night a whole lot wiser. Mr. Baseball, the one I had thought lived and breathed only for the game, made me understand that it was just a game, a game which lived and breathed through him, but only inasmuch as it expressed the drama, beauty and poetry of life. It wasn't the game that mattered: it was the living and breathing. It was on that night that the Voice of the Yankees enabled this Red Sox fan to understand that ultimately, we are all on the same team.
|Item||According to Genesis||According to Evolution Theory|
|Source||Genesis 1:1 to 2:3||Paleontologists, Biologists, Astronomers, Geologists, etc.|
|Sun||Created after the world||Present before world coalesces|
|Grass, land plants, trees||Created before the sun||Evolved after the sun|
|First forms of life||Land plants||Marine organisms|
|Birds||Created before land animals||Evolved from land animals|
|Fruit Trees||Created before fish||Evolved after fish|
|Initial diet of animals||Restricted to plants||Animals evolved as meat, plant eaters, and omnivores.|
|Age of the universe||Less than 10,000 years||About 14 billion years|
|Age of the Earth||Less than 10,000 years||About 4.5 billion years|
|Age of earliest life forms||Less than 10,000 years||About 3.5 billion years|
|Where humans came from||From Adam who was created by God(s). Genesis 1:27 does not explain the method. Genesis 2:7 explains that Adam was made from dust, the ground, or soil (translations differ).||Evolved; higher apes and Homo Sapiens share a common ancestor. Actually, any two species of life have a common ancestor, even humans and cabbages, or dogs and sharks.|
The differences, while substantial, do nothing to shake my belief that the two narratives are complementary. Note that I said complementary, not compatible. Yes, we can go as far as to say that days in Genesis might well have been measured in eons rather than hours. And yes, there is a stunning symmetry in the fact that humans are the last beings created in both accounts. And yes, the Big Bang can be said to echo the starting point of Genesis. But the Torah account never was and never will be intended to describe scientific fact.