It’s time you straightened out your thinking, dear reader, and the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — are going to help you.
Their latest article is How Theology Informs Science . It’s by Jake Hebert, described at the end as a “Research Associate” for ICR. They say he has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Jake says, with bold font added by us:
Since biblical skeptics claim that God doesn’t exist, they would argue that theology — unlike “real” disciplines such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics—makes no meaningful contribution to human knowledge. For example, physicist and professing atheist Lawrence Krauss states:
[Alleged quote from Krauss:] Indeed, I have challenged several theologians to provide evidence contradicting the premise that theology has made no contribution to knowledge in the past five hundred years at least, since the dawn of science. So far no one has provided a counterexample.
We haven’t verified that quote, but it sounds reasonable. Jake says:
Contrary to this assertion, counterexamples do exist. Not only is good, Bible-based theology essential for a proper relationship with our Creator, but it also contributes to our understanding of the natural world. Usually its contributions are subtle, but sometimes they are surprisingly direct.
We’d like to see some specific examples. But first Jake tells us this:
The Christian worldview makes science possible [footnote citing something by Jason Lisle]. Because science relies on observation, scientific studies are pointless unless the information about the world provided to us by our senses is trustworthy. How do you know that what you are observing is truly real?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If an organism’s senses didn’t function, it wouldn’t survive. Jake continues:
How do you know that you are not actually a disembodied brain being fed electrical stimuli to make you think you are reading this article? Because God is faithful and truthful, we would expect our senses (which He created for us) to be generally reliable sources of information about the world around us. Likewise, with the relatively infrequent exception of miracles, one expects the universe to behave in an orderly, predictable manner, since “God is not the author of confusion” [scripture reference].
Okay. So we have functional senses and the universe is orderly (except when it’s incomprehensible because of all those miracles). Is that it? No, there’s more:
Good theology provided crucial insight that led to the discovery of conservation of energy, one of the most important laws in physics. Intuitively, we think of energy as the capacity to make something happen. This rule states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, although it can be transformed from one kind to another.
For some reason, Jake didn’t give us a scripture reference for that one. Instead, he tells us:
James Joule discovered that the amount of friction needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit consistently resulted from the same amount of mechanical work: 772 foot-pounds. This was an important step in the development of a formal statement of conservation of energy. … In honor of his discoveries, physicists measure energy in units called joules. It is well known that Joule’s studies in this area were motivated by his theology.
Motivated by theology? Not informed? Motivated? Jake gives us what we think is an accurate quote from Joule:
Believing that the power to destroy belongs to the Creator alone I affirm…that any theory which, when carried out, demands the annihilation of force is necessarily erroneous.
That appears to be the best example Jake has for us. Actually, it’s his only example. He concludes with this:
So, contrary to Krauss’ assertion, theology (particularly good theology) makes practical contributions to our understanding of the natural world. The Lord Jesus Himself said, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit” That the Christian worldview led to modern science provides additional evidence for the use of theology in our modern age. [Oh yeah! See Did Science Originate with Creationists?] A right understanding of God and our relationship to Him yields practical benefits in both this world and the world to come.
So there you are, dear reader. We owe it all to theology. Jake says so.
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