The Purpose of New Creation
New Creation’s goal is to provide believers with the scientific data to back up the Scriptural account of God’s creation. Like all scientific communities, creation scientists come to different conclusions and form different hypotheses—even with a shared foundation of faith! Which ones are right? Oftentimes, this is the wrong question. The right question would be: Which is more scientifically viable? And sometimes they can all be scientifically viable, even though they may contradict each other.
The reason for this is the small differences in scientific beliefs. For example, some biblical creation scientists propose that the fossil record formed primarily during the Flood; some don’t. While they all believe in the global Flood, this small difference of opinion leads to conflicting ideas. These contradictions do not necessarily make one less scientifically viable than the other, just based on different scientific conclusions.
Right now, there is no way for us to know which hypotheses and conclusions are 100% accurate. That truth remains hidden for the time being. That is why we at New Creation feel it is important to present them all for the reader’s consideration.
To help clarify this, our post today will cover our Mission, Beliefs, and Principles Statements. (These can also be found on our page What We Believe.)
Ultimately, it is our goal that New Creation will be a blessing of knowledge to readers by covering many aspects of the Biblical scientific creation community.
At New Creation, our goal is to empower our readers to think critically and make their own informed decisions about God’s methods and handiwork. We aim to do this by arming our readers with a wide-range of current hypotheses, theories, and research in the field of Biblical creation science and by providing free space for thought and discussion.
Statement of Beliefs
Above all else, we believe that Scripture is the inerrant and infallible word of God. The Bible is the highest authority and from it, we can know God and His truth. As such, it is our foundation from which we do our scientific studies. We believe in the historical reliability of the book of Genesis. The framework from which we view natural history, then, is much different than the conventional paradigm of materialistic naturalism over billions of years. We know that:
- The Lord created the world in six literal, 24-hour days only about 6,000-10,000 years ago.
- The first humans were Adam and Eve, who’s rebellion against God brought death, disease, and suffering into the world.
- The Flood of Noah’s day was truly a global flood.
It is important to recognize that science is not to be viewed as another “book” of Scripture; it is subject to change as the body of data expands and shifts. Only Scripture is unchanging. Just because a model is based on biblical science does not mean it’s infallible–we should be open to modifying or completely changing our hypotheses if the data no longer supports them. Likewise, we should be open to changing our hypotheses concerning Scriptural interpretation. Our views on the Bible will change and develop as our understanding of it deepens. What should never change, of course, is the Word of God as our foundation.
This is the model developed by Dr. Leonard Brand demonstrating a beneficial relationship between the ‘domain of science’ and the ‘domain of religion’ and how conflicts between these domains can be properly dealt with.
We encourage the active development of testable hypotheses and model-building. Our aim is to build up the study of creation science, and to do so in a respectful way. Dr. Leonard Brand, author of Faith, Reason, and Earth History, writes that “nothing is ever gained by making fun of others who have different beliefs on these issues. We each must carefully evaluate these philosophical questions and then deal politely and respectfully with those who disagree with us . . . Part of our task is to attempt to develop an internally consistent interventionist [that is, biblical creationist] theory, and then to evaluate the strength of the evidence for the theory.”
Even though within the creationist community we may not all agree on the finer points of our scientific models, we do agree that our lifestyles and attitudes should reflect God’s commandment to love Him and love others. As we seek out the wonders of creation, we must also respect those whom He created.
Statement of Principles
- We value positive model-building in creation science. We understand that there are many scientific positions and views held within the creationist views. We are not attempting to glorify any one view more than another; instead, our goal is to showcase a wide range of perspectives.
- We do not tolerate disrespectful language targeted at any organization or individual. While we think that constructive critiques are useful to science, they must be done in a polite way.
- New Creation is not an apologetics ministry. Many great organizations exist that help to provide the believer with apologetics material and tools that they can use for ministry purposes. However, that is not our aim or goal at the New Creation blog. This website is a launching pad for scientific investigation in the realm of creation science. We strive to point people to technical research done by young-earth scientists and to showcase what active scientific model-building looks like.