To apply science to Creation or Evolution, we must separate science into two kinds, Operational and Historical. Operational science (OS) observes nature 1) in the present: 2) seeing how things work and 3) bringing the new technology of great benefit to humanity. Historical Science (HS) looks at current knowledge, including both operational science and history, in an attempt to reconstruct the past. CSI agents examine a crime scene with operational science, fingerprints, DNA, dead bodies, weapons, etc. and then try to reconstruct the events that occurred to show a particular perpetrator is guilty. If they are good, they guess correctly, but there is no guarantee. The state brings the evidence (OS results) to a jury to see if they get a unanimous verdict. Sometimes the state gets a conviction, and sometimes an acquittal. If the jury can’t agree on a verdict, the case may go to trial again. This pursuit of justice uses the adversary concept that, if a group of impartial observers looks at the evidence, they will come to the correct decision. The raw data, from OS, is sure, but its interpretation into the past (HS) is a guess and may be modified if there’s new data. Suddenly, in mid-trial, a truthful eyewitness is found. Now the jury knows with more certainty what happened. This witness gives us a true view of the past while HS is much less reliable. Since science is made up of knowledge and facts, Historical Science is not science because it is neither fact nor knowledge. HS is an individual’s interpretation of facts and knowledge.
What does this say? GODISNOWHERE. Since there are no spaces, we will have to interpret it. Does it say GOD IS NOWHERE, or GOD IS NOW HERE? We have incomplete evidence, the lack of spaces, so we must try to interpret the message. Different people look at the same evidence and come to different conclusions. It’s not a matter of scientific data; it’s how they see it from their perspective.
Creationists and evolutionists have the same evidence: biology, geology, astronomy, etc. Each side looks at the same evidence and comes to opposite conclusions. Why? Each person has a different worldview and set of presuppositions. For example, an atheist can never accept Creation because it requires God, and his absolute presupposition is “there is no God.” A Christian, on the other hand, can consider either origin model because we have no conflicting presuppositions. Therefore, Christians are more open-minded than atheists. Tell that to one of them and see what happens. BOOM!
In determining past events, science has three limitations. 1) Science is in the present, and any attempt to apply it to the past is fraught with uncertainty. 2) Science can only explore the material world, and any questions beyond materiality can’t be answered. 3) The past is the third barrier. We don’t have a time machine to go back and look at what happened. So how can we know? An eyewitness to the events could tell us what happened. That is what we have in the Bible—an eyewitness account of what occurred in the past, which tells us God created in six days! http://wp.me/p6OUE6-7A
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