Wordishness


  1. From Inherit the Wind (1960, but still seems really relevant)

    • Drummond:
      That first day, what do you think, it was 24 hours long?

    • Brady:
      The Bible says it was a day.

    • Drummond:
      Well, there was no sun out. How do you know how long it was?

    • Brady:
      The Bible says it was a day!

    • Drummond:
      Well, was it a normal day, a literal day, 24 hour day?

    • Brady:
      I don't know.

    • Drummond:
      What do you think?

    • Brady:
      I do not think about things that I do not think about.

    • Drummond:
      Do you ever think about things that you do think about?! Isn't it possible that it could have been 25 hours? There's no way to measure it; no way to tell. Could it have been 25 hours?!

    • Brady:
      It's possible.

    • Drummond:
      Then you interpret that the first day as recorded in the Book of Genesis could've been a day of indeterminate length.

    • Brady:
      I mean to state that it is not necessarily a 24 hour day.

    • Drummond:
      It could've been 30 hours, could've been a week, could've been a month, could've been a year, could've been a hundred years, or it could've been 10 million years!!

    • Davenport:
      I protest! This is not only irrelevant, immaterial -- it is illegal! I demand to know the purpose of Mr. Drummond's examination. What's he trying to do?

    • Brady:
      I'll tell you what he's trying to do. He's trying to destroy everybody's belief in the Bible and in God!

    • Drummond:
      That's not true and you know it. The Bible is a book. It's a good book. But it is not the only book.

    • Brady:
      It is the revealed Word of the Almighty God spake to the men who wrote the Bible.

    • Drummond:
      How do you know that God didn't "spake" to Charles Darwin?