Methodology for the ExamineScience Project

by Navy Christian

If you look at many of the organizations defending the traditional (fundamentalist) POV regarding the evolution/creation debate, you’ll most likely notice an apologetic reading of science. What I mean by that is that creation researchers read the evidence in light of what tradition teaches us is the creation story.

Here’s an example: Creation scientists tend to talk about how radiocarbon dating doesn’t work on fossils. They state that scientists must be lying to you if they tell you the earth is millions of years old because radiocarbon dating only works to somewhere around 40,000 years or so (and that’s being very generous for most creationist organizations).

Well, the fact is that radiocarbon dating is only good until around 40,000 years, give or take.[1] Yet the problem for “us” is that we leave it at that. Scientists don’t use radiocarbon dating for objects estimated to be over 40,000 years old. Carbon14 doesn’t have enough half-life to make that work.[2] Instead, scientists use radiometric dating, which measures the known half-life of uranium as it breaks down to lead, which breaks down to potassium.[3]

To be sure, there is still a margin of error. In any dating method you’ll find it, including the 6,000-10,000 year margin creationists allow for. Nevertheless, you’ll find that creation scientists tend to use science only as it fits the traditional reading of the Bible. This must change.

The ExamineScience Project seeks instead to read the modern scientific data in terms of what it provides on it’s own merit. This isn’t the same as giving in to evolutionists. Instead, it is accepting that science tells how God carried out his creative act. This method shows us the role nature plays in telling us about our Creator God (Romans 1:20).

Instead of rejecting science when it doesn’t fit the traditional model of faith, or reading into the scientific record what we want it to say, I’m proposing a methodology that seeks to discover what modern science tells us without any more bias than is absolutely necessary. I do not expect to lose my faith, and I expect that we’ll find our faith strengthened through this process as we come to terms with what the scientific record shows us.

Furthermore, ExamineScience will also evaluate the creation story on its own merit, without trying to read in scientific evidence to make it work. This is, I believe, a good work. I believe it will arm my children for their course work in the lower and high school grades as well as college and beyond. I expect it will ground their faith as well as mine.

So let’s be clear: I am out to get to the bottom of how we all got here and how it all began. We begin with really no assumptions, except that God has revealed himself in nature as well as the written word. The rest is the adventure!

To stay up to date with the ExamineScience Project progress, click HERE.

Notes:

[1] Shapiro, Beth. How to Clone a Mammoth. Princeton University Press (April 6, 2015) p6.

[2] Berra, Tim M. The Earth is Very Old (in Evolution Fact or Fiction). Greenhaven Press, Farmington Hills, MI, 2003. pp107-111.

[3] Ibid.

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