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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:14:55 -0200
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COLUMN: FINAL PHASE

What's With Science, Anyway?
  by John Henson

Science has turned its back on God, some have
exclaimed. Science has become the enemy of religion,
others have said. Are these statements true?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, science
is defined as "knowledge or a system of knowledge
covering general truths or the operation of general
laws especially as obtained and tested through the
scientific method."

Therefore, science is empirical. It depends on
experiments and measurements done in the present and
relies on answers to questions from those experiments
and measurements.

Anything else science does is not empirical science,
but theoretical science. Even then, science demands
answering theories with proof from the empirical
world. If the facts fit the theory, then the theory is
proven.

It has been said that science is the atheists' friend.
It has also been said that science is the theists'
friend. According to a garden-variety Internet
dictionary, the term friend is defined as "a person
whom one knows, likes, and trusts." Science does not
fit any of those descriptions.

Is science out to get those of us who believe in God?
That notion would be a silly as fearing a potato
masher because of what it can do to potatoes. In and
of itself, science cannot do anything.

There are, however, people who pick up science and
philosophy books and pervert both and attempt to use
them against those who believe in God.

Several ideas and methods, such as the Carbon-14
dating method, have issued forth as tools of proving
the ancient, ancient age of the earth. But an
examination of C-14 dating reveals its creators made
several assumptions that are just not true. Chiefly,
they assumed the amount of C-14 has been the same all
the way back to the "big bang." Well, that's an
assumption. It just isn't true.

The Apostle Peter knew the truth. He wrote:

   "For they deliberately overlook this fact,
   that the heavens existed long ago, and the
   earth was formed out of water and through
   water by the word of God, and that by
   means of these the world that then existed
   was deluged with water and perished," (2
   Peter 3:5-6 ESV).

Science is just fine until people begin trying to bend
it to prove their assumptions.

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