Bible vs physical science (conflicts)

Two natures
A depiction of the Bible vs. physics science conflict, namely physics being at odds with the Bible-centric subjects of: biology, history, and philosophy, and the Bible, according to American psychologist Jefferson Fish. [3]
In hmolscience, Bible vs. physical science conflicts refers to instances of conflict between so-called god-determined commandments, found in the Bible (or substitute religious book) and modern physical sciences, namely: physics and chemistry.

Goethe | Sixth commandment
On 29 Jan 1830, German polyintellect Johann Goethe wrote the following to his friend, composer Carl Zelter:

“Following on what went before, let me tell you in fun, that in my Elective Affinities, I took care to round off the inward, true catharsis, with as much purity and finish as possible, but I do not therefore imagine that any handsome fellow could thereby be purged from the lust of looking after the wife of another. The sixth commandment, which seemed to the Elohim-Jehovab to be so necessary, even in the wilderness, that he engraved it on granite tables with his own finger,—this it will still be necessary to uphold in our blotting-paper catechisms.”

Goethe, in other words, was summarizing that the main subject of his 1809 physical chemistry based novella Elective Affinities, was the conflict of the Bible-centric "though shall not commit adultery" commandment with the nature of the way so-called "adultery"—voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband—occurs in the test tube world of chemicals:
Subject of Elective Affinities

According to which if a marriage is conceptualized as as a chemical bond and the adultery conceptualized as contact with a third chemical species, in which atomic and or molecular exchange ensues, the governing nature of the process is not something within the control of the chemicals themselves, but within the governing nature of the process, conceptualized as the forces of chemical affinity, in pre-1882 years, or the measure of free energy change of the process in modern chemical thermodynamics terms:

Dostoyevsky | Mark 12:31
In 1866, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky published Crime and Punishment, in which the character Raskolnikov is said to apply Adolphe Quetelet’s social physics theories to the young women he meets on the street, reasoning that there is no point in helping her, since her fate had already been determined statistically by the laws of social physics.

In this example, according to a review by Harold Bloom, Dostoevsky is said to be exemplifying “how the laws of social physics conflict with Christ’s commandment to love one’s neighbor”, which, according to Mark 12:31 (ΡΊ), is the second greatest commandment in the Bible. [2]

See also
● Science vs religion debates
● Science v. religion legal cases
● Science-religion controversy

1. (a) Lewisohn, Ludwig. (1949). Goethe: the Story of a Man: Being the Life of Johann Wolfgang Goethe as Told in his Own Words and the Words of his Contemporaries, Volume 2 (pgs. 165-66, 174). Farrar Straus and Co.
(b) Die Wahlverwandtschaften –
(c) Goethe, Johann and Zelter, Carl F. (1892). Goethe’s Letters to Zelter: with Extracts from those of Zelter to Goethe (sixth commandment, pg. 386). G. Bell and Sons.
2. Bloom, Harold. (2004). Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (pg. 123). Infobase Publishing.
3. Fish, Jefferson M. (2010). “Science vs Religion Debate: It’s Bigger than you might Think”, The Humanist, Jul/Aug.

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