St. Thomas on Scripture and science

In the context of discussing “Whether there are waters above the firmament?”, St. Thomas writes,

“In discussing questions of this kind two rules are to observed, as Augustine teaches. The first is, to hold the truth of Scripture without wavering. The second is that since Holy Scripture can be explained in a multiplicity of senses, one should adhere to a particular explanation, only in such measure as to be ready to abandon it, if it be proved with certainty to be false; lest Holy Scripture be exposed to the ridicule of unbelievers, and obstacles be placed to their believing.”

Summa theologica I.I., A. 68, Q. 1.

He seems to be anticipating that a time would come when we would be able to discover the exact structure and composition of “the firmament.”

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