Saturday, March 14, 2009

The value of Pi and the Bible

It's International Pi Day! (March 14 --- 3.14---- get it?)

If ever you needed a reason not to take the Bible literally, today is your day! :-) The book of 1 Kings says that pi (the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter) is equivalent to 3.00. We all know now that pi is actually 3.14... (and then some to infinity). You can read all about it right here.

Now, the fundamentalists manage to turn themselves into pretzels explaining this one away. But isn't it more honest (and more faithful to the purpose of Scripture) to recognize that the Bible was never meant to be a science or math text book and then get busy really and truly living out its precepts ---- like the radical duty of hospitality, of justice to the poor, of loving and forgiving our enemies?

Just for fun, read up on Pi. The subject is quite fascinating!

By the way, today is also Einstein's birthday. Cool coincidence, isn't it?

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