What is Science?

Creation Evidence

The title asks a fundamental question, doesn’t it? What exactly is science? After all, many evolutionists claim there are no true scientists who are creationists.

Are There Any Real Creation Scientists?

This statement ignores such pioneering giants as Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Joseph Lister, James Maxwell, Louis Pasteur, Michael Faraday, Samuel F.B. Morse, Johannes Kepler, John Dalton, George Washington Carver, and many others. On the Answers in Genesis website, one can also find a partial list of living scientists who embrace creationism. (see link below). The claim that honest scientists embrace evolution demands an answer to our question, how should we define science? Can true science include the supernatural?

What Does “Science” Mean?

The word ‘science’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘knowledge.’ Dictionary.com has as its second definition for science, “systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.” Thus, for something to be true science, it must be observable and repeatable, for experimentation demands repetition to verify something always acts the same way under the same conditions. This definition at once dismisses the whole subject of origins from the field of science for the origin of life is not subject to experimentation or observation. It already happened before anyone observed it and it certainly has not been repeated. We can, however, discuss theories of origins based on presently known, repeatable laws.

Is Using the Supernatural Cheating?

Richard Dickerson, a biochemist, and member of the National Academy of Science made the following very candid admission: “Science, fundamentally, is a game. It is a game with one overriding and defining rule: Let us see how far and to what extent we can explain the behavior of the physical and material universe in terms of purely physical and material causes, without invoking the supernatural. Calling down special-purpose miracles as explanations constitutes a form of intellectual ‘cheating.’ A chess player is perfectly capable of moving his opponent’s king physically from the board and smashing it in the midst of the tournament. But this would not make him a chess champion, because the rules have not been followed.” (from Darwin’s Black Box) Admitting that the supernatural is possible, they say, is cheating for it seems to admit that no other explanation exists. Yet, dismissing God from the equation has resulted in unverifiable and sometimes bizarre explanations of the origin and apparent design of life by random undirected accidents.

How Will You Explain the Origin of Life?

In a previous article, we examined the motives behind dismissing the work of God in creation. Now the individual must make a choice. Since neither theory is a matter of true science, we must examine the scientific data and then embrace by faith, one or the other theory about how this world, teeming with life, came about. Either we will dismiss the supernatural and try to explain its unity and complexity through mindless accidents, or we will see the hand of our Creator in all He did. In my view, the latter is the only reasonable conclusion an unbiased observer could make. And in accepting it as true, we have no reason to feel that we cheated.



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