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For more than twenty years, Dr. Fred Bortz worked as a scientist, researcher, and teacher. Now he spends most of his time writing books and articles for young readers like you.

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"What are a scientist's views on creation?"

(Question sent by a ninth grade student)

I can't speak for all scientists, although I am certain that I share the majority view. Creation can be understood through science, not perfectly because knowledge and theories are never perfect, but very well nevertheless.

Most religions accept the findings of science, including the very well supported theory of evolution, the theory of the "Big Bang" that began the universe as we know it about 13.5 billion years ago, and the 4.56 billion-year history of the Solar System. They interpret the creation stories in the Bible as myth or legend, not correct in every factual detail, but containing a deeper truth for living. Only a few religions take the Bible as literal truth.

Many scientists believe in God, although they will say that God is not a "falsifiable hypothesis." In other words, because you can't disprove the existence of a supreme being, God is outside the realm of science. For that reason they do not accept "creation science," "intelligent design," and similar approaches as science.

Science is supposed to be practiced objectively, that is with a fully open mind. That includes allowing people to the challenge the existence of a creator. People who believe in creation science or intelligent design do not permit such challenges and thus their theories can not be considered scientific.

For me personally, I practice a religion but I don't have a firm belief in God. The religion provides me valuable practical techniques for living. That's very important to me.

On the other hand, if I want to study the basis of life on Earth or elsewhere, I look for science, not religion, to show me the way.

I hope you always follow your questions!

Scientifically yours,
Dr. Fred

P.S. to teachers: I have discovered an excellent website with plenty of educational material about what I call "the very well supported theory of evolution" above. I hope it helps!

Educationally yours,
Dr. Fred

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