Science’s marriage to law

Science apart from law doesn’t exist.

We have irrefutable laws of math, physics, chemistry and biology from which all other genres of science stem. How is it, then, that any so-called “science” could exist without laws?

Founding fathers of scientific principles believed strongly in a law-giving God. If the God that created the universe provided laws for the most obscure segments, such as the human soul, then He would certainly also provide laws for the more obvious parts of nature. Believing that there is a solid law is what led Louis Pasteur to also believe there is no such thing as spontaneous generation. This belief guided him into being the founder of modern day microbiology against the competition of his pagan predecessors and colleagues who supported an untested belief that spontaneous generation acts as the mechanism for evolution.

Galileo had plenty of difficulties because of the Catholic Church, but he addressed his difficulties as coming from people’s blindness both in what the Bible said and in what the Bible didn’t say. He’s quoted as saying “The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.” But he held that observation reveals an order and law in the heavens that supports scripture, and that it’s dangerous to blindly accept what politicians tell people to accept as truth since the “truth” of politics can change.

Kelvin, one of the founders of modern day physics and entreated other scientists to design an absolute thermometric scale. His understanding of absolute properties stemmed from his understanding of God: “Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion.” From this, we infer that he considered a belief in God, and hence religion, to have a foundation that branches out to science and for science to be the process of gathering evidence of God. This only leads to one conclusion: “I cannot admit that, with regard to the origin of life, science neither affirms nor denies Creative Power. Science positively affirms Creative Power. It is not in dead matter that we live and move and have our being, but in the creating and directing Power which science compels us to accept as an article of belief.”

I’ll close with some thoughts from Isaac Newton. He defined science as the “frame of the world” that isn’t random or complex, but as simple as the other laws handed down by God. “It is the perfection of God’s works that they are all done with the greatest simplicity. He is the God of order and not of confusion. Therefore … they [that] would understand the frame of the world must endeavor to reduce their knowledge to all possible simplicity.” In other words, the key to the perfect works of a master craftsman is to have perfect adherence to simple rules. Since God’s scripture outlines simple rules for living, all other aspects of life must also adhere to simple rules.

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