A few months ago I received a flyer for a homeschool science curriculum called Real Science-4-Kids. The flyer stated that the curriculum is "worldview-friendly science ... without the spin." I wondered exactly what that meant, so I went to the curriculum website and read the following:
In order for science to be "scientific" it must not commit itself to any one worldview, ideology, philosophical or religious perspective. Science and scientists must be free to follow the evidence where ever it leads. Anything short of this is not real science.
I remember thinking something very similar twelve years ago when I first started researching the origins issue. The evidence would lead me to the truth, I thought. I just needed to follow.
But what I discovered instead was that while science itself may be an objective exercise, scientists are not objective — especially in the area of historical science (evolution and creation). Presuppositions and biases play a definitive role in determining how scientists interpret evidence and the conclusions they draw about the past.
There is only one truth source for the past as it concerns the beginnings of the universe, earth, and life — and that is the eyewitness account God gave to us in the book of Genesis. Everything else is merely human opinion, imaginations, and ideas — subject to fallible thinking.
As I looked through the Real Science-4-Kids curriculum, I noticed a mixing of observational science (i.e., the technology that produces airplanes, vaccines, and computers) and historical science. For example, the author of the curriculum wants students to explore the question, "Did God create humans?" She poses these follow-up questions: "Who discovered it? When was it discovered? What is the evidence?"
These questions are not directly applicable because the question "Did God create humans?" is historical science. The follow-up questions fall under the category of observational science.
Both creationists and evolutionists approach observational science—such as the laws of physics or the laws governing genetic inheritance (my field of study) — very similarly. However, when it comes to how the laws of physics and genetic inheritance came into existence in the past, the presuppositions of the scientists govern their interpretations and conclusions.