The Origin of Origin Science and Operation Science
Young Earth Creationists and ID proponents will often complain that theories such as The Big Bang and Evolution do not qualify as rigorous science because they pertain to non-repeatable events that happened in the distant past. They consider such theories as belonging to a poor cousin of science they call Origin Science (or Historical Science). And they draw a distinction between this category and what they call Operation Science. In this article I would like to explain why this distinction is unnecessary and deceptive. Singular events in the past can be studied through science with the same integrity and rigor as recurring events and phenemona. Continue reading
I have the distinct pleasure of conversing from time to time with a brilliant thinker, James Knight, who writes eloquently about theology, science, and the reconciliation of the two. He recently wrote an article on a UK website that beautifully expresses how taking the stance of strict literalism destroys the profundity and meaning of the Book of Genesis (among others).
This is not an original notion of his, since the mainline denominations would all say the same thing (however, actual mileage may vary amongst individual congregation members, though.). But he has managed to express this difficult concept eloquently.
It is interesting that it drew the attention of Ken Ham, who is famous for his distortions of scripture and of science, who makes his living pandering to fearful Christian fundamentalists.
One of the barriers that seem to keep Intelligent Design proponents and Creationists from understanding the theory of evolution has to do with a complaint about how the process of random mutation and natural selection could produce anything new.
You can often hear the objection voiced in a few different ways, but it is used as justification that a process that does not involve help from an intelligent agent could not possibly create new information in the DNA of an organism. I propose in this article a demonstration for how that is possible. Continue reading