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.
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. From Genesis, we know that the Lord created the world in six literal, 24-hour days only about 6,000-10,000 years ago. The framework from which we view natural history, then, is much different than the conventional paradigm of materialistic naturalism over billions of years.
It is important, though, 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 its infallible–we should be open to modifying or completely changing our hypotheses if the data no longer supports them. What should never change, of course, is our view of the Word of God.
We encourage the active development of testable hypotheses and model-building. Our aim is not to tear down evolution but rather build up the study of creation, 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.”1
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.
1 Brand, Leonard, and Arthur Chadwick. Faith, Reason, & Earth History: a Paradigm of Earth and Biological Origins by Intelligent Design. Berrien Springs, MI, Michigan: Andrews University Press, 2016.