Last week, Pope Francis shocked the world when he said that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang don’t contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church and that God doesn’t use a “magic wand.” But was his statement really that profound?

According to a newly published paper, the Earth’s oceans are a lot older than previously thought and were likely formed by meteorites. The theory doesn’t seem too out of step with the biblical text Genesis:

[1:1] In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, [1:2] the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

In other words, the oceans are old and even when the Earth was a “formless void,” it did have “the waters.” Here’s how the paper’s lead author, Adam Sarafian phrased the implication of his team’s research:

The answer to one of the basic questions is that our oceans were always here. We didn’t get them from a late process, as was previously thought.

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