We delight in bringing you the latest news from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their latest article is Scientific Accuracy. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Many would suggest that the Bible is an antiquated religious book, filled with scientific fallacies and mistakes. Others believe that the Bible is a book of true religion, but dealing solely with spiritual subjects, with any matters of science and history to be interpreted spiritually or allegorically.
We’ve all heard both views. Here’s what ICR says:
Either the Bible is wholly reliable on every subject with which it deals, or it is not the Word of God.
Bad move. That means the tiniest inaccuracy discredits the whole thing. Let’s read on:
Although the Bible is obviously not a science textbook (otherwise it would be continuously out of date), the Bible does contain all the basic principles upon which true science is built.
Really? Somehow we never noticed. ICR continues:
The Bible abounds with references to nature and natural processes, and thus frequently touches on the various sciences. For instance, there are many passages that deal with principles of hydrology, geology, astronomy, meteorology, biology, physics, cosmology, and the grand principles of the space-mass/energy-time continuum.
We’ll leave it to you to comment on that paragraph, dear reader. Here’s more:
One often hears of mistakes or errors in the Bible. Seldom, when confronted, is there an example provided. When such “errors” are cited, they fall into three kinds of alleged mistakes: 1) mathematical rounding, 2) relative motion, or 3) miracles.
“Mathematical rounding” is apparently ICR’s attempt to deal with The Scriptural Value Of Pi. What of “relative motion”? It probably refers to the fact that the bible is geocentric — see The Earth Does Not Move! Somehow, we don’t think “miracles” deals with the fact that, according to the bible, The Earth Is Flat!, however it can be applied to a great many other matters — but miracles aren’t scientific. Here’s what ICR says about their three excuses:
Obviously, mathematical rounding is both scientific and in constant use today, as is the use of relative motion for all sorts of navigation and distance calculations. To deny the miraculous is to assume that one is omniscient.
Okay, let’s get to the end of the article:
Just as the Bible has become a source book for history and archaeology, so it is also a source book for the foundational principles of science. Those who ignore the information of Scripture will be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” [Scripture reference omitted.]
There you are, dear reader. If you would understand science, read the bible.
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