Society’s latest buzz phrase is “trust the science!” This phrase has been tossed around like a political football for the past two years. What if we get away from the ideological usage of this phrase and take this as an opportunity to think more deeply about where science even came from?
Today, many scientists who shape public opinion are materialists. They believe that the world and human life are the product of unguided, random, natural processes. However, historians of science have asked where scientific methodology came from, and they have found it to be rooted in Western culture’s Christian understanding of nature, opposed to a materialistic understanding of nature. To understand why this is, one must look at the foundation of scientific methodology.
Contrary to what many believe, science is not just a set of facts. Rather, science is a method to discover truths about nature. As a methodology, science assumes two underlying truths.
Assumption 1: There is an order to the universe.
The whole purpose of science is to discover the order of the universe, so science cannot even get off the ground unless that order is affirmed.
The problem for the materialist is that if the world is purely material, then there is no logical account of universal, rational laws, but rather, all of nature is a result of random, unguided, patternless forces. There are no rules to the game the universe plays, and any attempt at trying to discover a rule is like trying to predict the winning lottery numbers. more