Science is knowledge and even those who say they are atheists have faith in something. The Institute for Creation Science (ICS) has been founded on the belief that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe and as such is the greatest scientist and engineer.
ICS directors hold that the Holy Bible is God’s inspired word and is accurate and inerrant in its original autographs. Chapters 1-11 of the book of Genesis are foundational to the Christian faith and are historical narrative. God created everything in six 24 hour days less than 7,000 years ago, and most of the fossils in the sediments of the earth’s crust are a result of the worldwide Flood of Genesis an awful judgment of God about 4,500 years ago. As a result of Adam’s Fall in the Garden of Eden all mankind is separated by sin from God. Mankind’s only path to reconciliation with God is through acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
Creation scientists and biblical apologists are often maligned because certain important words are misunderstood, misconstrued or incorrectly translated. In an attempt to keep communications as clear as possible, several of those important words are defined below according to their meanings as generally applied to origin topics by the directors and speakers for The Institute for Creation Science:
Apologetics: A branch of Christian theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin of the Bible. Apologetics is based on the Greek word apologia that means answer, and a foundational Scripture verse reads: But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
Evidence: Something that makes another thing clear or able to be interpreted.
Fact: A reality; truth.
Fairy Tale: An unbelievable story, a lie, or a made-up story.
Faith: The condition of being certain of something hoped for and/or certain of something not demonstrated by observation or scientific experiment.
Interpretation: An explanation using certain presuppositions.
Knowledge: The fact or state of knowing, or the body of facts accumulated by mankind.
Presupposition: Something supposed or assumed beforehand. The accumulated presuppositions of a person are the foundation for his worldview.
Science: Systemized knowledge derived from observation or study.
Secularism: The anti-religious view that true knowledge can only be found through rational or empirical means. Secularists live their lives with an orientation toward the present world only, as opposed to living from the perspective that life is everlasting.
Worldview: The way a person looks at the world or his perception of reality based on his basic presuppositions about what is true. Every worldview, whether expressly religious or supposedly non-religious, is a belief system that begins with presuppositions held by faith.