Theism, Materialism and Science

by Chad Gross

When writing about the topic of evolution, it is critical to define one’s terms. Many (not all) advocates of evolution are masters at defining the term evolution so broadly that it can mean virtually whatever they want or need it to.

For my purposes in this particular post, when I use the term evolution, I am referring to natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in On the Origin of Species i.e. Darwinism.

Now, as someone who believes that “God created the heavens and earth,” I sometimes find myself being labeled as “religiously bias.” Many are quick to assert that those who believe in a designer are unable to view scientific evidence (or any for that matter) objectively because of their religious convictions. However, after pondering the question for quite sometime, it is my conviction that the theist actually finds himself in the more objective position than that of the materialist.

Science, as defined by the current scientific community, basically states that science is the search for natural causes only.
Consider the following words from one of Carl Sagan’s friends, Harvard’s Richard Lewontin:

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Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failures to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment to materialism. In is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover the materialism is absolute for we cannot allow a divine foot in the door. [1]

In other words, the game is rigged before it’s played!

With that in mind, it’s important to remember that science is supposed be, or at the very least, should be, the search for that which is true.  However, when one claims that “science is the search for natural causes only,” he or she, knowingly or unknowingly, is guilty of allowing there philosophical bias to enter into their scientific conclusions…


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