In this short blog post, Regent College Professor John Stackhouse draws out a very helpful distinction between “proving” and “showing” in the scientific world. Delving into his expertise in the area of epistemology—the study of how we know—Stackhouse describes how pointing to a biological pattern observed by scientists offers proof for neither evolution nor creation. (Curiously, similar patterns such as the development of thumbs are often cited as “proof” for both camps of thought.) By highlighting the discontinuities in the logic of an argument, Stackhouse challenges us not to throw away our quest for understanding, but to instead work harder at developing coherent methods for exploring God’s world.
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