Do Conservatives have a “Difficult Relationship with Science”?

by Ken Ham on August 19, 2021
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A recent headline declared, “Many conservatives have a difficult relationship with science—we wanted to find out why.” But do conservatives really have “a difficult relationship with science?” Well, it really depends on what you mean by “science.” At Answers in Genesis, we love science, study science, conduct numerous workshops on science, and employ a number of full-time PhD scientists.

In the article, the author uses the term science to refer to the so-called “scientific consensus” regarding things such as climate change alarmism, vaccinations, evolution, and a lack of “human exceptionalism.” But what the author is failing to recognize is the difference between observational and historical science. In other words, this author has a “difficult relationship with science” because the author doesn’t understand the word science.

You see, very few people have a so-called “difficult relationship with science” when it comes to observational science. Observational science is studying what is directly testable, observable, and repeatable. It’s the kind of science that uses the scientific method and builds our technology and medical innovations. Both creationists and evolutionists agree on observational science.

The problem isn’t the evidence—it’s all about the interpretation of the evidence, based on your starting point and resulting worldview.

But this is very different from historical science. This kind of science deals with the past—which cannot be directly tested, observed, or repeated. Scientists use their worldview—the framework through which they interpret the evidence—to interpret the evidence when it comes to historical science. That’s why a creationist and an evolutionist can look at the exact same piece of evidence (e.g., a fossil) and come to two very different interpretations—because they have two very different worldviews, based on two very different starting points (man’s word vs. God’s Word). The problem isn’t the evidence—it’s all about the interpretation of the evidence, based on your starting point and resulting worldview.

Really, “conservatives” don’t have a difficult relationship with science—instead, many conservatives, especially Christian conservatives, reject the interpretations some scientists make because they have a very different worldview based on a different starting point.

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This item was discussed yesterday on Answers News with cohosts Dr. Georgia Purdom and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following intriguing topics:

  • Are conspiracy theories the result of evolution?
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Ken

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