Science Does Matter!


 

While browsing through the stacks at the local library, I came across Science Matters, a book by two evolutionary naturalists.1

Chapter 17 is entitled, "Evolution" and the following is found on page 243:
If you are a Creationist, the Bible — not nature — dictates what you believe. Creationists subordinate observational evidence to doctrine based on their interpretation of sacred texts. The tenets of biblical Creationism are not testable, nor are they subject to dramatic change based on new data. In other words, Creationism is a form of religion.

Let's rearrange a few words that would make this paragraph much closer to the truth:

If you are an evolutionist, Darwin — not nature — dictates what you believe. Evolutionists subordinate observational evidence to doctrine based on their interpretation of On the Origin of Species. The tenets of evolutionary naturalism are not testable, nor are they subject to dramatic change based on new data. In other words, Evolutionism is a form of religion.

To those who would protest (too much!) the above restructuring, I would defer them to an introduction a British biologist wrote for Darwin's infamous book:

The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory — is it then a science or a faith? Belief in the theory of evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation — both are concepts which believers know to be true but neither, up to the present, has been capable of proof.2

The fossil record reveals an abrupt appearance of highly complex creatures — whether they are trilobites or whales — followed by stasis (no change). Science done in the laboratory (observational evidence) clearly shows there are natural limits to biological change. There simply is no indication of radical change (macroevolution) that Darwinism demands.

We now conclude that science — what we really know through empirical research — certainly does matter. Science shouts creation!

 

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1. Hazen & Trefil, Science Matters, Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1991.
2. L. Harrison Mathews, Introduction to The Origin of the Species (reprint, London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd. 1971), p. XI.

 

 

Cite this article: Frank Sherwin, M.A. 2003. Science Does Matter!. Acts & Facts. 32 (7).