In the recent “science versus creation” debate, Bill Nye proclaimed that his faith is in science, or, more precisely, in the process of science. That’s curious but also sets the foundation for a flawed conversation because science is not faith, it’s a tool. Let’s look at a couple definitions:
From the Bing definition:
Science – 1.study of physical world: the study of the physical and natural world and phenomena, especially by using systematic observation and experiment 2.branch of science: a particular area of study or knowledge of the physical world 3.systematic body of knowledge: a systematically organized body of knowledge about a particular subject
Faith – 1.belief or trust: belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof2.religion or religious group: a system of religious belief, or the group of people who adhere to it3.trust in God: belief in and devotion to God
Confidence – 2.faith in somebody to do right: belief or trust in somebody or something, or in the ability of somebody or something to act in a proper, trustworthy, or reliable manner (definitions 1 and 3 don’t apply to this article)
Science is a tool, much like a crescent wrench. When I gave my son his first bicycle, I finished tightening the bolts before I let him take it for a spin. Instead of riding the bicycle, he grabbed the crescent wrench and immediately wanted to take the bike apart. He wanted to study it and see how it works more than he wanted to use it for its intended purpose. The crescent wrench was a tool my son wanted to use to investigate how the mechanism that was his new bike worked much like science is a tool for us to examine how the physical world works.
People come from all walks of life and have all sorts of careers. Studying biology or chemistry or physics to the point of attaining a PhD will surely gain you the respect of many and help provide a solid income. Working in an engineering discipline or being a technician will provide a good living as well. Being oblivious to technology and/or working as an artist or a salesperson is also a completely viable and respectable career path, although it is difficult to imagine anyone in our high tech society being oblivious to science.
Bill Nye has confidence in science, he doesn’t have faith in it. Recall from the definition of faith above that it includes “especially without logical proof”. Confidence is when you know something to work in a reliable manner because it has already done so repeatedly. My son saw me assemble the bicycle with a wrench, thus he has confidence the wrench will disassemble what it helped to assemble. Nye has confidence in science, or the scientific method, because it has revealed things to him that are logical. The light spectrum is arranged in a logical manner, for instance. Atomic weight allows us to logically sort elements on the periodic table as well. We can test these things and experiment with them. They are tangible and quantifiable. But faith is something else entirely.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11: 1-3
Faith, in the Bing definition, includes an illogical component. The author of Hebrews agrees. It is a concept that requires us to believe in things that are unseen, which is not something Bill Nye can get his head around. Science itself cannot be a faith system because it is a tool for the understanding of things that are seen. One can be an expert in a scientific or engineering discipline and not be saved just as one can be ignorant of the sciences and be saved. There is no relation between the two. Those of us who have been exposed to science and engineering are trained to understand things in a logical manner and this can definitely aid us as we study the scriptures and history. It is written that Yeshua HaMachiach, Jesus Christ, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This is definitely an engineering principle! A2+B2=C2 all day long, every day. It never changes. Neither do Messiah or His Father. However, those who operate with more emotion than a stereotypical engineer does may even find Messiah easier to understand because of their increased compassion and empathy. Each believer must work out his own salvation, as it were.
Understanding there is a Creator also has a lot of logic to it because Creation itself testifies.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans 1: 18-23
The fact that A2+B2=C2 works every time is because we are not living in a chaotic and accidental state. The teaching of the Big Bang Theory includes that our universe is increasing in disorder. This is akin to dropping a pile of sand on the ground and seeing how the grains further from the impact site are more spread out and random than the pile that remained at the impact site. If those grains of sand were in a vacuum with zero gravity, they would continue to dissipate in a chaotic pattern. As we look through powerful telescopes and log trajectories using computers, it sure does look like the cosmos is increasing in disorder. But if we look at life on this planet, it isn’t. We have life in abundance in the sea, on land, and in the air that is flourishing. Evolutionists teach us that the Big Bang created chaos that is increasing and, at the same time, out of chaos came the order that we live in. No, it doesn’t make sense to me, either. However, this does sound like a church doctrine! Perhaps Bill Nye really does have “faith” after all, because if he is to believe this, he does believe in something illogical!
Science is a wonderful thing. It is unfortunate that Evolutionists want to create a false dichotomy between science and faith. Almost all of the advances in technology we enjoy were either invented or built upon things that were invented by men and women who believe in God. Being an inventor, engineer, scientist, technician, etc. or not being someone like this only has bearing on one’s salvation as the other activities we partake in in daily life. We can have confidence in tools like science, but we need to have faith in our Creator!