Bible in scientific literature
The Bible in scientific literature
Fundamentalists (Henry Morris for example) often present the Bible as a work of science. If this is the case, then science articles should refer to the Bible. Science Citation Index* is a major scientific database which reviews more than 5,000 journals. It's online database contains roughly 20 million articles from the past 20 years. If the Bible is an important work of science, then science articles should often refer to the Bible. Assuming the average bibliography is 10 references, the SCI database contains roughly 100 million citations.
15 articles cite the Bible (journal) in their bibliographies (details).
"Genesis" turns out to be the title of a scientific journal. However:
.......22 articles cite "Genesis" (journal) with author "Bible" (details).
.......A further 12 articles cite "Job" (journal) with author "Bible" (details).
A complete bibliography of citations would require searching all books of the Bible. Nonetheless the small number of citations indicates that the Bible is at best a minor reference. Judging from actual references the citations tend to historical, metaphorical and ethical (rather than scientific). The variety of journals suggests no common theme. This indicates that the Bible is not the basis, or even a significant reference, for modern science.
Looking at a specific example, the reference (book of Job) to the Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry refers to historical and metaphorical use of balances.
*Eugene Garfield founded the Institute for Scientific Information in 1958. His intent was to improve accessibility of scientific literature for bench scientists. Science Citation Index, ISI's main database (now part of the Web of Science), is a major international resource which not only supports scientists but helps policy makers evaluate scientific trends as well as importance of particular journals and articles.