It wasn’t too long ago (like, say, last week) that I would have said that a scientist should do his science biblically. I’m starting to see problems with that, and related ways, of expressing the issue.
I’m not giving up six-day creation or anything here. I’m just wanting to find a way to raise fewer ambiguities in the way I express what I think faithfulness to the Bible demands.
First some questions and then a hypothetical question with a scenario.
Questions: What does the Bible have to say about hairdressing? Are home perms scriptural. How does a beautician give a customer highlights to the glory of God?
Scenario: a wine connoisseur and a botanist happened to be walking by a marriage feast some two thousand years ago at Cana. They both hear an excited hullaballoo and stop by to investigate.
Long story short, the wine connoisseur identifies the wine as originating from a high-quality vineyard in a region famous for wine during a famously good year for wine in that region. The scientist takes out his pocket lab and determines by chemical analysis that the liquid originated from juice from grapes fermenting.
They are both wrong.
When told where the wine came from, they are, at first, incredulous. But the eyewitness testimony of onlookers, along with their own witness of Jesus doing a few healings leads them both to change their minds. They both change their positions and state that the wine came from water.
Well and good. They made the right evaluation. But nothing about this opinion counts as the expert opinion of either a wine connoisseur or a scientist. Neither of those skill sets/knowledge bases had anything to do with their trust in Jesus and his account of what happened.
Science is simply a set a disciplines. With regard to accounting present phenomena, it is really mostly a sophisticated practice for extrapolating backward. This limits its usefulness, because one can’t extrapolate backwards accurately if miracles have occurred.
But neither is “science” as a discipline ordinarily going to be in a position to confirm these things.