Scientific Objectivity?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Nuttings from the Front | 0 comments

Recently I had a student tell me that studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have “all been verified and results have been duplicated.” I told him that wasn’t the case and in fact, impossible, if nothing else, simply because of the sheer volume of research. However, he was convinced that scientific research has been shown to be accurate in demonstrating the truth of evolution.

It’s interesting how so many people blindly put their faith in “science” and “scientists.” For many, “science” and “scientists” have replaced God and His Word. Now don’t get me wrong – the scientific method is a powerful tool for learning about the world we live in. It can help us discover how things work and provide hints for new technology, medicines, etc. However, “scientism” is a very different thing. It is elevating “science” to a position of trust and worship that should only go to God.

It’s amazing to me how readily people put their trust in the words of other human beings, just because they are called “scientists.” In reality, scientists are just people — limited, fallible, biased, and sinful (sometimes ruled by greed, deception, pride, and other human frailties) just like other “normal” human beings.

On top of that, none of them were “there” in the past to observe the so-called evolutionary processes that produced all the complex and diverse life seen today. It makes much more sense for me to place my faith in the unchanging, all-knowing, all-powerful, holy, loving, everlasting Creator Who was “there” in the beginning and had told us what He did in His unchanging Word. 

Mary Jo Nutting


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