You’re familiar with Jason Lisle. He used to be with Answers in Genesis, but he recently moved to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
At his new employer, Jason holds the exalted position of Director of Research, but his biography can still be found at the AIG website, so we don’t know what his status is at AIG. Anyway, his latest article is at the ICR website: The Importance of Creation Research.
We know the title intrigues you, so let’s get right into it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
All science is creation science. Science is possible precisely because God upholds the universe in a consistent way that the human mind can (at least partially) understand. If the universe were merely the result of chance, then there would be no reason to expect it to obey laws.
But creationists don’t think “God upholds the universe in a consistent way.” If he did, there wouldn’t be any miracles. What’s consistent about the six days of creation? What’s consistent about Noah’s Flood? It’s only science that reveals the existence and universality of the laws of nature. Ah well, we’re dealing with Jason here, so let’s see if he has anything else to say:
Even granting the existence of laws, there would be no reason to think that such laws would be mathematical in nature or understandable by the human mind. Nor would there be any reason to expect any kind of consistency in those laws over space and time. (Why would the same laws that apply on earth today also apply on Mars next Thursday?)
He’s saying the same thing over and over again. Look, Jason: An electron is an electron. It’s always going to behave like an electron, because that’s what it is. No supernatural force is required to prevent it from transmuting into pineapple. It’s transubstantiation that requires God. Let’s read on:
The existence and properties of laws of nature are the expectation of the biblical creationist, but make no sense in an evolutionary worldview. Therefore, the fact that science is possible is a powerful confirmation of biblical creation.
Aaaargh!! He continues:
Even when evolutionists make a scientific discovery, they are inadvertently confirming creation because such a discovery would not be possible if God were not upholding the universe in a logical and understandable way. Every single scientific discovery that has ever been made is a confirmation of the Christian worldview. This is one of the reasons why we do science. It honors God.
Lordy, lordy. We don’t know how much more of this we can take. We’ll skim a bit to see if there’s anything else:
Secular scientists are inconsistent. They expect the universe to behave in a logical, consistent way since they know in their heart-of-hearts that it is upheld by the power of God. Yet, they profess that the universe is not upheld by the power of God.
Yeah. You see that beaker of H2O? What keeps it from being H69O? Deep down, in your heart-of-hearts, you know it’s God. And that means you’re a creation scientist! Here’s more:
Creation research can help expose secular inconsistency. A number of specific lines of evidence in geology, biology, astronomy, physics, and chemistry are very difficult to explain from an evolutionary perspective. [Skipping Jason’s examples.] Since a devout evolutionist can always invoke an auxiliary hypothesis to explain these data, we do not use these scientific evidences to prove creation in an absolute sense. But we can certainly use them to get people thinking and to show some serious difficulties with evolution.
Ah, they don’t use evidence to explain things, but they nevertheless delight in listing what they claim are evolution’s problems. Skipping a bit more, we come to this:
But Christians are called to a higher standard. We want to be accurate in everything we do. And so we subject every new claim to rigorous analysis and testing and publish the results in peer-reviewed literature, so that other experts in the field can check for potential problems.
They do that? We haven’t noticed. Here’s Jason’s final paragraph:
Why is it that ICR scientists spend so much time and effort scrutinizing every little detail of data for absolute accuracy? It is because we are followers of Christ. “Accurate” basically means “true.” And since Christians follow Christ, who is the truth, all Christians should be concerned for accuracy and should have the highest regard for creation research.
If you can figure any of that out, dear reader, then please explain it to us. We don’t know what Jason’s talking about.
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