To understand what is origins science, we need to compare it with operational science. Very often the two sciences are interlinked when speaking of scientific evidence. However this interlinking does not mean that they go hand in hand, but merely used out of convenience. Origins science deals with something outside the realm of the present. It is based on interpretation from a subjective perspective. When we say the origins science of man, we are speaking of the historical development of man as is believed to have happened judging by present day evidence. However, we cannot test history; and the past cannot be observed in the present.
Origins science at variance with operation science?
What is the principle variance amid operation science & origin science. Operation science is testable and repeatable. The desktop computer, laptop, or android that you are using to browse this blog is the culmination of trial and error perfected. The regular tendencies of how things work based on observation has enabled man to develop the technology we have today. Operation science therefore is based on the principle of what we see from test results, and being able to repeat those tests to ensure consistent regularity. Operation science is thus, testable and repeatable.
The chief concern of origins science
Origin science does not concern itself with contemporary regularities. Its main concern is about singular activities in a bygone era. The origin of the cosmos & life is not repeatable. It is not observed to have happened and because of this, origins science is outside the scope of empiricism. Origins science is forensic by nature; where the present artifacts and unearthed fossils may give clues to our past. A crime is a singular activity that no one observes, yet careful investigation can reconstruct the event that lead to the crime, and its immediate aftermath. On account of this reconstruction, you have to weigh up the evidence, as well as interpret that evidence.
A paradigm shift
Interpretation of the evidence depends on where you start your premise from. For example, if you believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, then you will interpret forensic evidence from an evolutionary premise. If you are a Catholic creationist, then you will interpret forensic evidence from a special creation premise. So when if an evolutionist archaeologist X unearths some dinosaur bones, and a creationist paleontologist Y studies the findings, the two specialist will probably have completely separate interpretations of the same forensic evidence.
Catholic creationism is ultimately concerned for the well being of lapsed Catholics who have had their faith eroded by theistic evolutionist interpretations of Sacred Scripture. A Catholic creationists put his trust in the Saints, Church Doctors, Church Doctrines, Councils and Popes down the centuries who have faithfully interpreted a literal understanding of the Catholic creation account.
Faith and reason – a gift to origins science
Origins science needs faith as its load star. Using evolution as your load star will leave you empty handed as no one has ever claimed to see the beginning of the universe or mankind except Our Creator God. Origins science is therefore best interpreted in light of God’s witness & testimony. The careful design inherent in His creation also testifies to a designer. The forensic evidence shows the uniqueness in the architecture of every created kind of life, and the commonality of structures point out to a common engineer, who knows what works best. The forensic evidence points to God as creator and this serves a blow to evolutionary interpretations. Origins science therefore supports special creation by fiat.