Science, as defined by dictionary.com:
- a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences.
- systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.
- systematized knowledge in general.
- knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study.
answers.com website says science is “The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.” It goes on to say “Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena”.
Notice the first definition includes the word truth. True science, as this museum seeks to represent, is the study of facts of nature in a systematic way, gaining knowledge about the world and universe to help guide us to a theory of how the world and universe came into being.
The second definition limits scientific discovery and the processes involved in science. The scientific method was developed about 1000 years ago but refined 400 years as the discipline of science grew significantly. The Oxford English dictionary says that scientific method is “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”
Paraphrasing Albert Einstein, “no amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. Science cannot prove anything absolutely right, only make theories which match the facts gathered. But a single fact, a single experiment, can prove a theory wrong.” Knowing this to be true it is amazing how many scientists claim evolution is a FACT, not a theory.
The conclusion of this study, although it remains an ongoing study as we do not know all scientific knowledge yet, is that the facts, the evidence, point to a creation approximately 6000 years ago by an intelligence far superior to ourselves. We call this intelligence, this creative power God.
The two sections below look at the area of natural science and introduce some of what can be seen in the museum close up, that compare the evolutionary and creation theories from a natural science point of view. The exhibits demonstrate which theory better matches the facts, the evidence we see in nature around the world. The second section looks at the history of science. Who were the men and women of science in the past? What significant work did they do and what discoveries did they make? What did they believe regarding God and how did that relate to their work in science?