Christian Worldview Paper 1

1911 Words Aug 5th, 2012 8 Pages
Christian Worldview
Liberty University

Steps in Scientific Method
The scientific method is a tool that enables a person to seek out new knowledge, or correct and integrate new knowledge. It is composed of eight individual steps: which start out with defining a question, gathering information and resources, form an explanatory hypothesis, test the hypothesis by performing an experiment and collecting data in a reproducible manner, analyze the data, interpret the data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis, publish results, and ends with a retest. The steps can be grouped into four different essential elements: operation, observation, model, and utility function.
The first step in the scientific method
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It is often stated that the Church was stuck on their beliefs and not willing to accept Galileo’s research. However, “Galileo did not follow the scientific method as he started to claim his observation as a fact, but was unable to explain for the shifts that occurred between the stars and the earth” (McMullin, E., 2005). If the Catholic Church would have allowed Galileo to produce his research as a fact the Church would have allowed a fact that modern science claimed to be a fallacy, as the sun is not immobile as Galileo once thought. The Vatican II was monumental in that it allowed the Catholic Church to be instrumental in integrating theology with science (Catechism of the Catholic Church). The Vatican allows academic freedom to study the scientific implications, so long as Catholic dogma is not violated. Therefore, it is self-evident that the Church allows compatibility between the Christian Worldview and the Scientific Method.
Other Ways of Seeking Knowledge and Truth
There are many other ways of seeking knowledge and truth besides the scientific method. The Church has relied heavily upon revelation. Moses receiving the Ten Commandments is an example of revelation in the Bible. Another way of receiving knowledge through

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