If an Idea Agrees with Scripture, Does That Make it Unscientific? | The Institute for Creation Research

If an Idea Agrees with Scripture, Does That Make it Unscientific?

It has become common for evolutionists to claim that science and religion are two different spheres of endeavor, which do not overlap. The oft-repeated mantra, "Evolution is science while creation is religion," has appeared in education law and teacher guidelines. But what it really means is that evolution and science are true, while creation and religion are something other than true; relegated to the realm of myth, perhaps.

I was debating the campus evolutionists at a major university several years ago when he blurted out, "If a concept is part of Christianity, if it's taught in the Bible, it doesn't belong in public education. It might even be right, but science must look for another answer"!

I'm certain the professor won't defend the implication of his statement once he reads this article, but the statement in one form or another often finds itself in school board hearings and media releases. It is time to expose its absurdity and provide a ready answer to it.

Remember that Christianity and Scripture claim to deal with truth—real objective truth. To delete all concepts mentioned in Scripture and supporting Christian doctrine from the science classroom would mean losing some key concepts, including, to list just a few:

The sun puts out heat (Psalm 19:6), teaching God's abundant provision for creation.

Gravity (Matthew 10:29), teaching God's loving concern for all His creation.

The Hydrologic Cycle (Ecclesiastes 1:7), teaching God's sovereign control over nature.

The Principle of Isostasy (Isaiah 40:12) promising Earth's ultimate renewal.

A Spherical Earth (Psalm 103:12), teaching God's forgiveness of our sins.

The Size of the Universe (Isaiah 55:9), teaching God's vast superiority over man.

The Unaccountable Number of Stars (Jeremiah 33:22), teaching God's concern for the people of Israel.

Atmospheric Movement (John 3:8), illustrating the work of the Holy Spirit in a classic salvation passage (v.16).

The Importance of Blood to Life (Leviticus 17:11), in a passage dealing with atonement for sin.

Differences between Animals and Distinctness of Man (I Corinthians 15:39), explaining the nature of the resurrection.

Rotation of the Earth (Job 38:12-14), God's knowledge dwarfs man's knowledge.

This list revealing the Biblical basis for science could be extended considerably. Note that each scientific truth is coupled with an essential Christian doctrine. Should science delete these scientific concepts, just because they are part of Christianity? How absurd!

Creation is also a vital Christian doctrine, yet its claim of the separate origin of each plant and animal type as seen in Genesis 1:11-12, 20-21, and 24-25 is bolstered by biology observation, but denied by the unobserved evolutionary myth of common ancestry of all life.

Yes, creation is in Scripture, but so what? It's still true. Science teaching should be about the teaching of truth, not unobserved ideas about the past. Our classrooms would see greater benefit by deleting the nature myth of evolution, and including all scientific evidence, even if it is compatible with Scripture.

* Dr. Morris is President of the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Morris, J. 2002. If an Idea Agrees with Scripture, Does That Make it Unscientific? Acts & Facts. 31 (8).

The Latest
NEWS
"100-Million-Year-Old" Bacteria?
Researchers from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology have recovered what they claim are 100-million-year-old microbes. Drilling 74.5...

NEWS
Origin of Tectonic Plates Best Explained by the Flood
A new study published in Nature Communications claims to have figured out how the tectonic plates may have originated.1 It’s been over...

NEWS
Give Today and Support Biblical Creation Ministry
North Texas Giving Day is here once again! Will you help us reach the next generation? Your generosity will empower ICR and our Dallas Museum—the...

NEWS
Mammalian Brains Prove Evolutionary Disconnect
The evolutionary model of brain development predicted that the complexity of neural connectivity should have increased as brains became larger and the...

NEWS
North Texas Giving Day Next Week!
North Texas Giving Day is almost here! Will you help us reach the next generation? Your generosity will empower ICR and the ICR Discovery Center for Science...

NEWS
Celebrating One Year at the ICR Discovery Center
Thank you to all who joined us for the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History’s First Anniversary Celebration! ICR staff enjoyed meeting...

NEWS
New Evidence Hurts Feathered Dinosaur Theory
Is a dinosaur still a dinosaur if it has flight feathers? A new study points to some fascinating evidence that contradicts the idea of feathered dinosaurs...

NEWS
New Planetarium Show: Exploring Deep Space
The ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History is celebrating its first anniversary since the Grand Opening on September 2, 2019. To commemorate...

NEWS
Inside September 2020 Acts & Facts
What's the story behind ICR's new President? What milestone are we celebrating this month at the ICR Discovery Center? How do comets affirm...

NEWS
Sunflower Heliotropism: August Sunlight for Making Tons of Seeds
August is an important month for sunflowers—those gigantic, bright-yellow flowers with brownish, round seed heads bordered by radiating yellow ligules...