Creation science is the use of science to show that physical evidence is consistent with a straightforward reading of the creation and flood accounts in Genesis. Most creation scientists are Biblical creationists.
Use of term
The term has in recent years not been used as much by creationists. For example, the Creation Science Foundation changed their name to Answers in Genesis (and later to Creation Ministries International (CMI)) because they preferred to emphasise biblical authority rather than science, despite still being strongly scientific.[note 1]
Richard Fangrad, a speaker with CMI, describes that ministry:
It's a ministry that ... was born out of the creation science movement, and that was a movement that—for lack of a better term—initially started as a more of an evidentialist type of thing. Look at this evidence—this great evidence over here, it supports the Bible. And that began to change, in some cases fairly early on, to a position where, you know what, it's not about evidence, because you can stack up evidence over here, you can stack up evidence for evolution—from a certain point of view, there is evidence for evolution, from the evolutionary point of view—and so it's not about evidence, it's about authority. You mentioned the authority of the Bible, and for years our main focus has been the authority of the Bible; that's why in our presentations it's a Bible-first approach; not an evidence-first approach, if you want to think of it that way.
Fields of creation science
Creation science concerns itself with any area of science in which mainstream science is influenced by its naturalistic viewpoint. This especially includes the study of the relationship of living things, for which baraminology has been developed, and the study of geology on the basis of the biblical worldview, for which flood geology plays a big part. Other areas include creationist cosmology, dating methods, biblical anthropology and ancient history.
Most evolutionary scientists consider creation science pseudoscience. Evolutionary criticisms include a claimed lack of falsifiability and the claim that creation scientists seek to prove a theory (Biblical creation) rather than formulate a theory based on evidence. However, this is no more the case than with evolution. Both views are scientific studies but in different frameworks (see Origins science). The framework of creationary scientists is that provided by the Bible, whilst the framework of evolutionary scientists is a belief in naturalism.
Evolutionary scientists also claim that creation science is contrary to a vast body of geological, biological, and cosmological evidence and information compiled over generations. However, this overlooks that both creationary and evolutionary scientists have the same evidence, and what differs are their interpretations of the evidence.
- ↑ CMI claims to employ more scientists than any other Christian ministry.
- ↑ Has evolution become a religion? Interview with Dr. Emil Silvestru and Richard Fangrad, hosted by Rob Hembree, The Stream TV