Science is a “self-correcting discipline?”

It has often been stated that science is a “self-correcting discipline”. Many people believe that a scientist who makes a new and significant discovery receives instant fame and glory. In reality, the very opposite is true. Scientific thought becomes entrenched in dogma (not unlike religious doctrine), and those who oppose commonly accepted beliefs are all too frequently opposed and even vilified.

In 1982, after years of research, Dr. Barry Marshall presented a paper showing that bacteria cause peptic ulcers. At the time it was widely believed that ulcers were caused by stress and that bacteria could not survive in the acidic environment of the stomach. His research findings were ignored by essentially all other experts in the field. Despite clear evidence that he was correct, his work challenged the reigning paradigm in the field and was not even considered a possibility. Yet he knew that much pain and suffering could be alleviated if he could get other doctors to accept the evidence he had presented. Finally, in desperation, Dr. Marshall drank a vial of liquid containing the H pylori bacteria and gave himself peptic ulcers. Even then, it was ten more years before his work was widely accepted.

Today it is acknowledged that up to 90% of ulcers are caused by bacteria. Twenty-five years after his discovery, Dr. Marshall was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.

If such a minor discovery requires dramatic action to wake up those opposed to the truth, imagine how hard it is to convince people trained to think in terms of billions of years of a recent creation. An ancient age for the Earth is THE cornerstone for evolutionary thought and explaining life without God. Huge periods of time are absolutely required for the belief in naturalism. Those caught in the paradigm of explaining everything by natural processes routinely ignore the evidence for a recent creation rather than accept the evidence at face value.1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

Psalm 1:1

References and Notes

  1. Malone, Bruce; VonVett, Julie. Inspired Evidence: Only One Reality. Search For The Truth. Kindle Edition.[]

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