Tuesday, August 4, 2015

John Frame on The Nature of Science

From the article "Is Intelligent Design Science?" in Volume 17, Number 33, August 9 to August 15, 2015 of Reformed Perspectives Magazine:
Science is religious. A great many writers (Kuyper, Dooyeweerd, Clouser, Van Til, Polanyi, Kuhn, Hanson, Poythress) have made an impressive case that science is not religiously neutral. At the most obvious level, science presupposes many things that it cannot prove, but must take on faith: the uniformity of nature, the correspondence of thought with reality, the universality of physical laws, the values required for the honest pursuit of truth. Indeed, their ideas and methodology presuppose Christian theism, though not all of them are willing to admit it.
Despite the uncertainty of much science, there is also a sense in which science, like religion, imposes "orthodoxy" on its participants. As Kuhn indicates, bodies of research create communities of scientists, and if anyone wants to enter that community he must not deviate from the standard paradigms. Certainly something like this has happened among Neo-Darwinists. So there is a strong analogy between science and religion that has been overlooked in much of the discussion.
John Frame, "Is Intelligent Design Science?" 

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