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Science shows divine nature of creation

Most modern Americans are so far removed from farming — we get our milk from cartons, our meat neatly packaged at the grocery store, our grains in cereal boxes, our cranberries in cans — that we easily forget the agricultural roots of Thanksgiving Day. But Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, and similar celebrations of bounteous crops (always an uncertainty) have occurred for millennia in such places as Korea, India, Turkmenistan, Nigeria, China, Vietnam, Argentina and Persia.

The ancient Jewish feast of tabernacles, or "Sukkot," was such an occasion. The settlers of Plymouth Plantation in the Massachusetts Bay Colony celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621, but harvest festivals had already occurred in Canada in 1578 and among Spanish explorers in Florida in 1565.

Our technology is so successful today, our supply lines so reliable, our supermarkets so well stocked, that we seldom consider our dependence upon vital things such as rain and temperate weather that are far beyond our control. Furthermore, we are all beneficiaries of laws we didn't enact, moral principles we didn't invent, minerals we didn't mine, gasoline for which we didn't drill, sacrifices of ancestors we've forgotten, languages we inherited painlessly as children, literature we didn't write, roads we didn't pave, art we didn't create, cities we didn't build, clothing we didn't sew, sciences we don't even understand.

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