Don’t Creationists Deny Science?
This is a common topic brought up in Internet debates.‘Evolution is a fact and to deny it is to deny the science that put men on the moon,’ some boldly claim. Ironically, the man who put men on the moon, Werner von Braun, was creationist.
In any event, this argument arises from a misunderstanding of the word ‘science’. Both the evolution and creation models are part of historical science which describes events that happened in the unobservable and untestable past. Putting men on the moon is part of empirical science which describes events that happen and can be tested in the present. We cannot observe or directly test the evolution from microbes to man or the supernatural creation of the universe, but putting men on the moon is accessible in the present and can be observed and repeated. Because of this, a denial of evolution cannot be paralleled with a denial of empirical science.
It is also interesting to note that a very large number of the founding fathers of science were creationists (though they did not agree on all aspects of creation, they were creationists). Newton, Kelvin, Faraday, Maxwell, Joule, Boyle, Dalton, Ramsay, Linnaeus, Mendel, Pasteur, Virchow, Cuvier, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Herschel, Pascal and many, many others were creationists.
It is ludicrous to propose that creationists are somehow ‘anti-science’.comments powered by Disqus