PMW 2019-024 By Stephen Geard (Creation Ministries, Intl.)
Gentry: Eschatology is a major feature in a biblical worldview. Eschatology works toward the consummate, eternal New Creation. But in order to get there, we must understand another foundation stone of the biblical worldview: Creation. This is a helpful article on the integrity of Scripture as it endures the attackes of humanistic science.
THE CLASH OF SCIENCE AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE
By Stephen Geard
Modern science arose in harmony with Christian creationist beliefs. But in recent years science has adopted an assumption that is not founded on Christian doctrine. What has happened?
The creation vs evolution controversy is seen by some as a conflict between the Bible and modern science. Another area of contention is the matter of miracles vs the laws of science. Why do such conflicts arise? And what can we learn from them about the Bible and about science?
We can learn something extremely important about the authority of the Bible from such conflicts. Here’s why.
The origin of science is firmly founded in the Christian doctrines of creation and revelation, for science is founded upon three unprovable presuppositions:
1. That the external world exists.
2. That such external world is ordered.
3. That such ordered external world is accurately perceivable by our senses.
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Does the external world exist?
The existence of the external world, that is the world which I perceive outside of myself, really does exist and is not a figment of my imagination. This is important to the origin of science because there is little point in investigating the external world if it is an illusion. How do we know it is not? Because, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The existence of the external world is assured because of its creation by God.
Is it orderly?
The order of the external world is guaranteed by God’s revelation of Himself as a rational, orderly Creator. Jeremiah 33:25–26 and many similar verses tell us that the Lord fixed the laws of the heavens and the earth, guaranteeing their order.
“Thus says the Lord: If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.”
Can we perceive it?
Finally, our accurate perception of the external world is guaranteed by the mode of God’s revelation. We perceive the creation through use of our senses. God spoke and men heard. He appeared and men saw Him. Jesus touched and people were healed. This guarantees, at a fundamental level, that what we perceive actually does bear a relationship to what really exists.
These presuppositions are unprovable because they cannot even be questioned by science without it calling itself into question. For example, science cannot question the existence of the external world because any data upon which such questions are based must themselves exist in the external world. Also, a method based on observation becomes absurd if there is no way of being able to relate one’s observations with certainty to objective reality.
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Science is founded upon these three presuppositions. Their basis in biblical theology explains why science arose in Christian Europe—and, for that matter, why it arose in Protestant northern Europe in the milieu of the Reformation and the Great Awakening rather than in southern Europe.
Many of the early men of science were also men of God. The founders of many areas of modern science were Christians: Robert Boyle (who founded chemistry), Louis Pasteur (bacteriology), Michael Faraday (electromagnetics), James Clerk Maxwell (electrodynamics), Carolus Linnaeus (taxonomy), and the list goes on. It might be objected that they were only men of their time and that ‘everyone’ was Christian then. But that is precisely the point. That is why science arose then and there.
Basis for science
In short, men began to discover the laws that govern science when they began to apply the logical ramifications of believing that God, the Creator of the universe, is there and that He is not silent in relation to their studies of the physical world. To put it another way . . . .
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