Ken Ham on the logic behind the scientific method

Here is one of the best quotes on the Christian worldview by Ken Ham during the debate with Bill Nye:

Non-Christian scientists are really borrowing from the Christian worldview to carry out their observational science.  Think about it. When they are doing observational science, using the scientific method, they have to assume the laws of logic, they have to assume the laws of nature, they have to assume the uniformity of nature. If the universe came about by natural processes, where did the laws of logic come from? Did they just pop into existence? Are we in a stage now where we only have half logic? How do you account for the laws of logic and the laws of nature from a naturalistic worldview?

This quotation is reminiscent of statements made by Isaac Newton, a great scientist and a great Christian:

When I wrote my treatise about our Systeme I had an eye upon such Principles as might work with considering men for the beliefe of a Deity and nothing can rejoyce me more then to find it usefull for that purpose.[1]

This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being….This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God “pantokrator,” or Universal Ruler…[2]

Blind metaphysical necessity, which is certainly the same always and every where, could produce no variety of things. All that diversity of natural things which we find suited to different times and places could arise from nothing but the ideas and will of a Being, necessarily existing.[3]

  1. Newton, I. General Scholium. Translated by Motte, A. 1825. Newton’s Principia: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. New York: Daniel Adee, 501.
  2. Ibid, 505-506. The Greek word pantokrator is usually translated as “Almighty” in the Bible.
  3. Ibid, 506.