Westminster Seminary California
Scientists Say We May Be Alone In the Universe

A recent article reveals that science is not as objective as many would like to think. Scientists from Princeton and the University of Tokyo have challenged one of the commonly accepted theories about the possibility of life on other planets. The currently accepted theory presupposes that out of all of the cosmos, ten thousand planets have the proper conditions to sustain life. Hence, we will likely have contact with those alien worlds in the next twenty years. However, the recent challenge to this accepted norm asks the question: How can you know for certain that life exists on other planets just because it spawned here on earth? Just because life has flourished here does not automatically mean that it has or even can flourish elsewhere. This is a grossly simplified summary of the arguments. You can find the article here.

Nevertheless, science is not as objective as people like to believe. All scientific data requires interpretation. Just because scientists pound their lecterns and claim that God does not exist, that matter is eternal, or Adam and Eve never existed because "the facts speak for themselves," does not at all mean that they have arrived at the truth.

Both the books of nature and Scripture require interpreting. Hence, scientists may not correctly "exegete" the book of nature--they can eisogete (read something into a text) just as poorly as a bad theologian with his Bible. We should always remember that just because science "says so," does not mean that God "says so." G. K. Chesterton once wrote that scientists will one day reach the pinnacle of the mountain of knowledge after crawling, scraping, and clawing their way to the top only to find that theologians have been sitting there all along. Never fear science or the book of nature--rather, fear bad interpretations of the book of nature. Always rejoice in knowing that God is the author of both books--nature and Scripture.