Science and technology are powerful, respected, and highly successful. They have immensely improved our standard of living — from houses, appliances, food, health, and recreation to methods of communication, transportation, and record keeping — leading some to believe that all of humanity’s problems can be solved by science. But can science aid in finding answers to philosophical questions about our origin and destiny and about our purpose for living? Can it solve the problems of war and mismanaged environments? Science has tried unsuccessfully and often in direct conflict with answers given in the Bible.
The most notable conflict is between the theory of evolution with its billions of years for the progressive development of life and the biblical account of the creation of life by God in six literal days a few thousand years ago. Does the success of science in other areas force us to conclude that scientific evidence for an evolutionary theory is irrefutable?
The Geoscience Research Institute, founded in 1958, was established to address this question by looking at the scientific evidence concerning origins. The Institute uses both science and revelation to study the question of origins because it considers the exclusive use of science as too narrow an approach. The Institute serves the Seventh-day Adventist church in two major areas: research and communication.
The Geoscience Research Institute is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a mission to discover and share an understanding of nature and its relationship with the Biblical revelation of the Creator God.
Scientific research applies a specific method of data collection and its logical interpretation to gain understanding of the physical world. This approach has proven to be one of the most effective tools in gaining knowledge of the world humans inhabit and its history. Another major source of knowledge about the past is written history recorded in the Bible. Yet even with the Biblical record of history…
GRI operates four branch offices in partnership with the respective Church Divisions. For more information, please contact the Branch Office Director for your area.
Operated by universities or other entities in partnership with the Geoscience Research Institute, they promote creation-related activities on campus, and may develop research projects in areas relevant to origins.
Affirmation of Creation
Our world is full of evidence of thoughtful and intentional design, from the beauty we see in the brightly colored flowers and birds to the complexity of the cell and the very structure of the universe itself. Evidence of design is seen even in our capacity to appreciate the beauty, and our ability to examine the creation and thoughtfully contemplate its meaning. Inevitably, we are led to wonder how…