Hares chew their cud

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[[Hares chew their cud]] is a reference to a passage in the [[Christian]] [[Bible]]:
 
[[Hares chew their cud]] is a reference to a passage in the [[Christian]] [[Bible]]:
  

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Hares chew their cud is a reference to a passage in the Christian Bible:

"(6)And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat. (7)Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you."
Deuteronomy 14:6-7

Hares (rabbits), do not chew their cud and this is commonly used as an example of where the Bible contradicts science.

Apologetics

Apologists commonly respond that this is a non-issue for the following reasons:

  • Ancient authors didn't have the benefit of modern taxonomy
  • Rabbits are pseudo-ruminants who, instead of actually chewing their cud, expel their food and eat the resultant fecal matter

Counter-Apologetics

  • If the Bible is the inspired word of God, we wouldn't expect to see mistakes of this nature. Surely the omniscient God described in the Bible could have inspired a passage which would never directly contradict scientific knowledge.
  • Additionally, the entire section concerning which animals can be used for food is absurd and, as it is no longer considered by Christians to be a binding law of God, represents an example of an "unchanging" God who changes his mind

Quotes

Rabbits and Intelligent Design

"I think that everyone who thinks that intelligent design is a good idea should look at rabbits. They should notice that the rabbit actually eats its own fecal pellets. The reason it does that is that rabbits, like cows, have an internal rumen-type storage area where bacteria break down food that the rabbit can't break down itself. But unlike cows, in the rabbit that pouch is on the wrong end of the intestine. The food goes through the intestine, then it gets broken down by the bacteria, then the rabbit has to eat it again to get the nutritional value. Now, if that's intelligent design. . ."
Andrew Knoll - professor of Natural History at Harvard University
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