Our Consistent Approach to Life
The two worldviews of origins, development, and
nature of physical reality are known as atomism and creationism. The
former is basically pantheistic evolution, while the latter is the
Judeo-Christian worldview. The fundamental beliefs of either philosophy
of life require assumptions and a theory of matter to integrate science
and religious beliefs.
Many investigative minds have noticed that the
assumptions and conclusions of modern science based on quantum theory
and Einstein's theory of relativity are very different from those of
the classical science of Galileo, Newton, Ampere, Faraday, and Maxwell.
The two systems of thought are mutually exclusive, although modern
science tries to build upon classical science because (1) basic laws of
classical science are too well established to ignore and (2) modern
science would be incredible without the underlying support of classical
The assumptions of the Judeo-Christian worldview
are compatible and generally identical with the assumptions and methods
of classical science. This permits one to integrate his religion and
science and have a consistent approach to life.
True science and Judeo-Christian approaches depend
upon at least three underlying assumptions: The first unprovable
assumption states that the world is real, and the human mind is capable
of understanding the nature of that reality. Classical scientists
believe that physical objects have an objective, on-going existence.
Modern scientists of the Western world generally hold to a view of
"quantum reality" that objects exist or come into existence through an
observation or measurement. Cornell physicist N. David Mermin says, for
example, "We now know that the moon is demonstrably not there when
nobody looks." Many Eastern wise men and even some modern Western
scientists take a similar but more subjective view that the only
reality is the idea that exists in one's mind.
The second assumption of science specifies
causality, the law of cause and effect. This is a rational or
reasonable approach in the sense that events are preceded by a cause
and happen because of a cause. For example, classical scientists use
force laws to specify how one object can have an effect upon another
object. Modern science claims, on the other hand, that objects can
move, emit force, and emit light on a random and spontaneous basis,
independent of any cause.
The third assumption of science postulates unity
in the universe. This unity applies to two major areas of physics:
force laws and the structure of matter. The force laws should hold for
all scales, over nuclear or galactic distances. Spectral emission of
hydrogen gas should be the same for hydrogen in a star or hydrogen on
earth since the material structure is assumed to be the same. To some
degree, modern science has departed from the concept of unity by
specifying "strong" and "weak" forces that extend over a very short
distance and only exist in the nucleus or when certain particles