RTB’s Creation Model Approach

One of the hallmarks of Reasons to Believe is our testable creation model approach to integrating science and the Christian faith. We realize, however, that the term “creation model” can be confusing. So please allow us to clarify a few important points. People without a background in science frequently wonder whether we have put together a physical model of creation, something along the lines of a model airplane, an object that can be seen and studied. But this is not the case.

185037202Some scientists use the term model in a mathematical sense, to refer to a set of equations, for example. Other times they use the word to refer to a series of empirical observations (such as a sequence of chemistry experiments) or physical processes (such as the formation of the Grand Canyon). Simply put, a scientific model is a conceptual framework that offers a simplified view of a large, complex reality. Models help researchers organize vast amounts of information into a conceptual structure so as to better understand and interpret the data, ask good questions, and identify anomalies. Famous scientific models include Einstein’s theory of relativity and the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution.

In science, the term “model” refers to the schematic description of a system (or set of phenomena) that accounts for its observed and inferred features as well as its origin and history. A model is much more than a mere idea, inference, method, hypothesis, or rudimentary theory. It’s a scenario that offers reasonable explanations for the entire scope (origin to ending) of a particular system, as well as for its relationship to other natural phenomena.

Using a model approach supplies researchers with enough detail to assist in further study. It offers explanations for how, when, where, and why the phenomena (or system) occurs. It anticipates, or “predicts,” discoveries that could either verify or falsify the model’s explanation(s). The best models also yield specific suggestions for how near-future research may help improve understanding of the systems or phenomena they attempt to explain.

Reasons to Believe uses the term model in reference to our effort to summarize physical (observational) and biblical data relevant to creation into a coherent explanatory framework. The following foundational beliefs help shape how we interpret the data.

  1. The Bible (including Genesis 1–11) is the error-free word of God.
  2. The creation account of Genesis 1 follows a basic chronology.
  3. The record of nature is also a reliable revelation from God.
  4. The message of nature will agree with what the Bible says.
  5. The Bible contains a selective summary description of God’s creation activity (e.g., no mention of dinosaurs, bipedal primates, quantum mechanics, or the existence of other solar system planets).
  6. God gives humans the privilege to fill in the details, carefully, through patient, ongoing exploration and increased understanding of the natural realm.

We build our model by collating all that the Bible says about God’s creative work and integrating the individual accounts into a coherent picture. We133830103 then present this interpretation in the form of a scientific model, one that anticipates, or “predicts,” future findings. We can then evaluate its accuracy in light of scientific advances.

We believe God’s two revelations (Scripture and nature) will agree when properly interpreted. When apparent contradictions arise, we reexamine the data—both biblical and scientific—recognizing that our understanding is incomplete. Sometimes the scientific data seems an unclear or awkward fit with the biblical data. But we see such instances as an opportunity to study both of God’s revelations more deeply.

To learn more about RTB’s general position on the relationship between science and faith, visit our FAQs page. To get started exploring our perspective on specific science-faith topics (such as the age of the earth and historicity of Adam and Eve), visit RTB 101.

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2 Responses to “RTB’s Creation Model Approach”
  1. Jim Gove says:

    mind boggling!!

  2. Annabella says:

    Since I was 14 years old and read the bible for the first time I knew that was the truth, I never tought of time and space and wondered about the “CREATOR”, who created him!
    At other times I tought we were sort held in a videogame by a superior intelligence and we have to play our role no matter what. Then I began to pratice Kabalah and the god names and my mind expanded, I began to look at things, the earth and how beautiful is, a perfect product for us humans and we are similar to this beautiful planet. He created us at his image and likeness and we have in a certan way some of his qualities, we create things, technology, and we have organised ourself where everyone has a role and for the ones who fail to find their role in life will get in to trouble, (the are some called misfit or product failure)
    To me the creation was logical and in tune with science all very simple just don’t understand why so many scientist fail to understand it. Then when we talk about GOD people think about religion, and I believe that has nothing to do with the creator, I think it’s a way to control people, in fact I believe there is no priest in this world who really believe in GOD. There are people and even scientist who discuss the fact that God couldn’t have created the earth in 6 days, but in our time yes, but in a timeless time of God, six days may be just a minute, even a second. If Moses or Plato had a mobile phone in their hand the wouldn’t have a clue what it was.
    However talking about the time I understood the time and the world we live in, when my boyfriend had a 9 hour operation his hearth stopped I don’t know seconds may be a minute, (I didn’t know him at the time) and he found himself floating in to the ceiling watching himself and doctors around him, and he saw all his life in front of him, in a very clear way, all of his life.
    He is a very rational man he doesn’t care about God or religions and he is very techinical by being an engeneer. He told me, he could see all his life in front of him, and he was surprised for the clarity. we in our human dimension in order to do that we have to go step by step we don’t just see our life like a canvas displayed in front of you. even looking at a picture we focus to at on point and then we have a more general view. When I understood about time and space I think in that few seconds he went back to his origin in a dimension where there is no time neither space that is why he could see and remember all of his life at once, and then I have another teory perhaps we see our life dispayed in front of us because we have to be judged??

    About our behaviour and about our life on earth??

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