The scientific method is an objective way to study science and refine theories.
- Come up with a hypothesis based on some observation and information.
- Figure out a way to test whether the hypothesis is true.
- Do the test, with a control group to make sure the data is accurate.
- Refine the hypothesis based on the results of the test or experiment. Eventually, after more than one group of scientists go through this process several times, you can start to call your hypothesis a theory.
When discussion of theories of origin come up, many people start to say that those who believe in Creation have “religious” ideas, whereas those who believe in Evolution are talking about a “Scientific” theory. They then take one step further and start to either state or imply that “religious” people are somehow against science.
Recent test results show American students are not performing well in Science, and there has been some discussion that this is related to the debate between creation and evolution that rages in our nation.
I could not disagree more, and I’d like to state my opinion on this subject in a clear and concise manner. But first I’d like to state some facts about me, so you’ll know where I’m coming from.
- I believe in a literal 6-day creation, as stated in the Bible.
- I am a conservative born-again Christian and was, until recently, a homeschooler.
- I attended public school in New York state and got A’s in all of my science classes. In fact, I got a 100% on the Biology Regents exam (despite the teacher saying no one got 100%) and I still know all of the biology answers on Jeopardy. I say this to prove my interest in science.
- My younger son, who is in 7th grade at our local public school, just got an A on his science test that covered Evolution, despite the fact that the first two bullets, above, are also true of him.
So, here’s my opinion on religion and science:
If science is practiced as noted at the beginning of this article, the conclusion is that Evolution is a theory. The reason for this is twofold:
- The circumstances and environment that existed “in the beginning” cannot be replicated; nor do we, indeed, even know for sure what those circumstances are.
- The process that brought about the variety of species of life on planet Earth were not observed by scientists.
Despite this, scientists and those who teach science want to label the theory of Evolution a “fact.” I am not saying that there is not evidence to support that theory. What I am saying is that there is evidence to support another theory, the theory of Creation.
There are scientists who believe in Creation. And of course, I’m sure there are scientists who believe in Evolution. All the time, we are reading about new scientific discoveries that don’t support an aspect of the theory of Evolution. There are lots of problems with the Evolutionary theory, and it’s not only Creationists that are pointing this out.
The truth is this: there is no way to prove either theory, and there is evidence that supports both. Creationists are up front about the fact that it takes faith to believe in a Creator God. Evolutionists don’t want to admit how much faith it takes to believe everything just evolved by some random process. Neither of these positions are pure science.
Those who believe in Creation are not anti-science. Far from it. We want to know the truth of science, and we applaud the study of science. We happen to believe that
- The Bible, being the Word of the God who created us, the God who was there when it happened, is a true and reliable source for learning about creation.
- Physical evidence supports the theory of origins as stated in the Bible.
Those who believe in Evolution have other beliefs.
It’s a matter of two conflicting belief systems. It has nothing to do with a conflict between “religion” and “science.”