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Quotation:

bullet "Science can be separated from pseudo-science by the Principle of Falsification, the concept that ideas must be capable of being proven false in order to be scientifically valid." James Schombert, University of Oregon 1
bullet "...all genuine facts of science support the Bible." Institute for Creation Research, "Tenets of Creationism." 2

Overview:

This section attempts to answer the specific question: is creation science a form of science or is it a pseudo-science?

bullet To most fundamentalist and other evangelical Christians, creation science is a valid form of science. It is mainly derived from the biblical book of Genesis, whose authors were inspired by God to write material that is free of error. In fact, it is the only error-free explanation of the origins of the earth's life forms, the earth's geological features, the earth itself, and the rest of the universe. It is also the only complete account of origins; it has no missing information or gaps in knowledge.
 
bullet To scientists who are not religious conservatives, creation science is not a part of science for a number of reasons:
 
bullet Its conclusions cannot be falsified. The essence of the scientific method is that any hypothesis, conclusion, belief, or theory can only be considered tentative truth. It may be falsified at any time in the future as new evidence surfaces. Creation science, in North America, is generally based on a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis in the Bible as inerrant truth. Thus it cannot be falsified. As courts have agreed, this deficiency alone is sufficient to classify creation science as a non-science or pseudo-science.
 
bullet Its core beliefs are not based on observations of nature. Rather, they are based on a pre-scientific religious text, the Bible.
 
bullet Essentially all geological and biological scientists view the the conclusions of creation science to be false.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet Science, the scientific method, and pseudo-science
 
bullet Creation science. Is it science or pseudo-science?

References:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. James Schombert, "Order and Science," University of Oregon, at: http://zebu.uoregon.edu/
  2. "ICR tenets of creationism," Institute for Creation Research, at: http://www.icr.org/

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