Somehow I managed to miss the three paragraphs that led up to the paragraphs I posted late last night. I apologize for this, and now rectify that mistake. Be prepared for head smacking goodness.
When God began to be pushed out of academic life by some scholars in the 19th century, science filled the void. Some people began to think that everything could be explained by means of scientific investigation. This thinking became so prevalent among intellectuals by the 20th century that it was thought that nothing could be known apart from scientific investigation. The idea that science can find answers for all the problems in life is called scientism. The religion of scientism eliminated several important forms of human knowledge, namely the Scriptures, the Christian heritage of Western civilization, and just plain “common sense.”
Modern science was created as a way to explain and control nature. Today, many people are attempting to use what they call “science” to explain and control human nature. If man were only a product of nature, then he could be measured and predicted, but he is not. Man is a spiritual being created in God’s image who reaches beyond the ability of science to observe and measure. An understanding of who and what man is lies outside the parameters of science. The scientific method is not a valid instrument with which to measure that which is spiritual.
Sociologists attempt to explain and measure man’s interpersonal relationships, but the often fail to see man’s relationship to God. Psychologists attempt to explain man’s behavior, but many of them fail to see man’s sinful nature as a result of his rebellion against God. Economists attempt to explain and predict man’s worth, but they usually fail to see man’s value in God’s eyes. Progressive educators attempt to measure learning, but they fail because children are not little social animals or complex machines to be programmed. All of these fields of study and many others claim to be “science” and to use the scientific method to verify their theories, but by rejecting God’s design, purpose, and revelation, they often overstep the bounds of true science.
And yes, this is all in a BIOLOGY textbook. Or at least, what passes as a biology textbook for Christian schools.