Science is a Belief System

Science is based on observation.

We see things happening again and again and eventually come to believe that they’ve always been that way and will always be that way. When we decide that a certain action or reaction happens consistently enough, we call it a LAW. The law of gravity, for instance, tells us that an object will fall to the earth if nothing interferes with it. In fact, the law tells us that it will ALWAYS happen, it always HAS happened, and we can even predict with accuracy how fast it will fall and for how long. 

We have some confidence riding on these Laws. If science were a casino, we’d be pushing all of our chips onto that square on the table labeled, “Laws of Physics.” The people watching may gasp, seeing us betting everything like that, even our very lives, but we’d just smile and say, “Let it ride.”Image result for casino

Or whatever people say in a casino. I don’t watch enough James Bond films to actually know.

As an example, having seen water boil at 100 degrees Celsius (212 Fahrenheit) we assume that water has always boiled at 100°C and that it always will into the future.  We believe this enough to teach it in school as a “scientific fact” even though the past and the future are both unobservable and untestable. 

We cannot go back into the past to measure the speed of every dropped object, or even to verify that they all fell to the ground. Nor can we travel into the future to see at what temperature water will boil, if it even boils at all.

We must believe without ever seeing and without ever touching or measuring the events in the past and the future that the LAWS OF SCIENCE apply now as they did in the past and will in the future. If science were merely the observation of events in the present, then we could say no more, but science… excuse me, “SCIENCE!” insists that it can tell us how everything has ALWAYS been and how it will ALWAYS be.

Therefore science itself is based on untestable unobservable beliefs. SCIENCE is a belief system. SCIENCE may involve a lot of faith in the unseen, untestable, and unverifiable. SCIENCE may even… dare I say it? … be it’s own religion? 

Uh oh. Now I’ve said too much. Those big bouncers at the door of the science casino are headed this way, and I think they’re wearing brass knuckles. Of science.

Or maybe just brass. Either way, I’m getting out of here.

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19 Responses to Science is a Belief System

  1. Arkenaten says:

    As an example, having seen water boil at 100 degrees Celsius (212 Fahrenheit) we assume that water has always boiled at 100°C and that it always will into the future.

    I was not aware that this was considered unequivocal. It was not taught like this at my school. Is this how it was presented at yours?

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    • I know what letters are, and I have created words on my own, but the collection of letters you have sent… do they carry meaning?
      Is there order and meaning in what you have typed here?
      I don’t think I could answer you unless you can prove to me that they do. Please prove to me that what you have written carries order and meaning.
      thanks, Ark.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        How does your reply answer the question pertaining to the boiling point of water?

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      • I would LOVE to answer this question, if only I knew it carried order and meaning.
        Does what you have written carry order and meaning?
        Please explain to me how it does.

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      • If all you’re going to do is mash random letters on your keyboard and not actually communicate meaning with order… I’m just deleting your “comments.”

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Afraid of spiders, are you? Oh well … I suppose since you don’t live in Australia, you have little to fear. [Editor’s note: Shortened for brevity]

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      • Spiders?… wait a minute! Are you Gerry Pearce, Australian Wildlife Photographer?!?!?
        Because your pictures of Tasmanian Devils are just wonderful.
        Anyone else reading this thread, check it out:
        http://www.australian-wildlife.com/Prints-Mammals-Tasmaniandevil13.php
        Isn’t that ADORABLE!
        Tragic about their population dwindling though.

        So Ark… how do you spend SO MUCH TIME looking at living creatures and still convince yourself that you see NO DESIGN, when that is ALL you see?
        Seriously.
        And good work on the photos. I mean that.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        No, Gerry is my brother.

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      • Ah. Sorry Doug, An honest mistake based on your blog. Tell him I said “Hi!”

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      • Arkenaten says:

        No problems. I shall do so. He has no paticular interest in Young Earth Creationism but I am sure you would warm to him like a heretic at the stake.

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      • OK, now that’s funny!
        John Branyan would be proud of you. Topical, and yet humorous! Like a heretic at the stake. HA! I love it.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Maybe Branyan will nick it? In fact, if he sees it he can consider it a gift.
        Heaven knows he needs all the comedic help he can get.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Oh, and is there any particular reason why you continually have me in moderation on your blog?

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      • To be honest, a lot of your comments are pointless, offensive, annoying, and not worth responding to.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        But this would fit right in with the content of your blog! It would be a perfect match.

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      • Are you saying I am annoying and pointless?
        That’s actually fairly likely. I have it listed on my resume` under “Skills”.

        And yet, here you are.
        In all seriousness, you are among my most frequent commentators, and the same was recently claimed by three other Christian bloggers. You contribute more content on a collection of Christian blogs than anyone except maybe the authors themselves. Maybe more.

        WHY?

        If you really think you have all of the answers, and they all prove that the Bible is wrong, then WHY on the godless earth would you spend a single moment reading content from Christians and asking us questions? Naturally, I think the reason is because you know you don’t have all of the answers and you believe, as we do, that you can be persuaded by reason to eventually believe the Bible is trustworthy and put your trust in Jesus, allowing him to take away your sins, make you clean, and adopt you into God’s family as one of his children.

        That’s the main point, in case any of us have forgotten to mention it as of late- God loves you and Jesus died to take away your sins. YOU, Doug. God loves YOU. He made you special and wants to be your father, and to give you eternal life. But he’s given you the choice. That’s why we blog, to show you that God loves you and the lies that separate you from Him are not only lies, but TERRIBLE lies.

        I hope that was clear. Maybe we forget that sometimes too. We’re not perfect, but we are forgiven.

        But I wonder what you tell yourself. Why do YOU think you spend so much time reading and responding to our content and comment sections? I don’t believe for a moment that I am personally so charming or entertaining that you would keep coming back here unless you thought that, maybe I might have some answers.
        If you’d rather not discuss this in public, feel free to send me an email.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        How many Christians have you managed to convince that YEC is fact?

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      • This is an excellent question I wish I had the answer to.

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