Scientists at the California-based Reasons to Believe ministry announced that after 20 years of research, they have developed a creation model based on scientific methods.
The founder and president of the science/faith think-tank ministry, Dr. Hugh Ross, said he and his team of scientists have developed a creation model that is not only compatible with science but successfully predicts scientific discoveries based on testable methods.
The problem scientists have with the current Intelligent Design movement is that ID proponents offer no model by which to test their claims, said Ross in a statement released last Thursday. Testability and predictive power are crucial to credibility. It is right for the scientific community to ask, Where is your model?
He pointed to unprecedented advancements in scientific research and contends that the study of creation as a testable scientific model can be included in science education.
The 1987 Supreme Court ruling guarantees the place of any scientifically viable model in public education regardless of its theological implications, explained the astronomer.
Ross - whose ministrys mission is to show that science and faith are always allies noted that evolution-bashing shows the lack of understanding how science works.
"People need to realize that the scientific community will not abandon their current working model, despite its flaws, until and unless a model with greater explanatory power and predictive success emerges to take its place, commented Ross. I see the RTB model though still a work in progress as a viable candidate.
The RTM founder released a new book this month titled Creation As Science: A Testable Approach to End the Evolution/Creation Wars, which introduces the new model.
"This model-building effort and others like it can improve the quality of science education and enhance public enthusiasm for scientific research," Ross asserts. "Treating evolution as a closed subject has only hindered the search for truth. And that search is what science is supposed to be about," concluded Ross.
"When will we have the courage to let evidence be the brutal yet fair arbiter in the competition of ideas? Let's be open-minded enough to follow the trail of evidence wherever it leads."