Weird Science

Only two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.


One of the most important elements of critical thinking is the ability to distinguish between fact and theory. As a Christian who believes in the accuracy and authenticity of the Bible, I am far more interested in what the Bible says as compared to what some man has said. The reason for this is simple: I believe that the Bible is God's word. Other people don't have to agree with me on that stance, that's their prerogative entirely, but since I do believe this to be true, I accept the Bible as fact and view with skepticism the opinions of men. So, if God's word says don't lie, but some man thinks you can in certain instances, I accept God's word and reject man's opinion.

It's the same in the realm of science. I believe in gravity and am convinced that it is proven science. If some man comes along who is convinced that he has found a loophole to the rules of gravity and invites me to jump off a cliff with him to prove his theory, I will respectfully decline. Right or wrong, the evidence I have observed and the scientific studies I've seen have led me to accept one position as fact and one as theory. To me, it's good not to get the two mixed up.

I have watched with interest over the years how dogmatic scientists can be when it comes to theory. When I was in school in the 1970's, the prevailing scientific theory was that the earth was cooling at a dangerous pace. Something had to be done quickly or we would likely be well on the path to the next ice age (See June 24, 1974 Time Magazine for further details). But now, in the 21st Century, prevailing scientific theory suggests that because the earth has been experiencing a warming trend, that we must quickly do something about it to avert disaster. Cool!

Now, I have no problem with scientific fact. I do, however, find occasion to question the theoretic conclusions that some scientists derive from those facts. Evolutionary theory has been taught in many schools for years as fact, yet it is no more proven fact than the causes of climate change or the suspension of gravity. I have no problem with folks who believe that their scientific theories are right - some are. But, when it comes to evolution, or the next ice age, or the suspension of gravity, I believe that I will simply refrain from joining these zealots as they jump off of their various cliffs of scientific theory.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth...

Genesis 1:1, NIV