Why is Creationism Science, and What Characterizes Good Science?

The hypothetico-deductive method is the most established method for generating theories within natural science. It involves three major steps; generation of theories to test, deducing the consequences of each theory, and inducing which theory that best explains and predicts data. In this talk Ola argues that creationism is a valid scientific approach if the secular assumption of methodological naturalism is removed. More specifically, he argues that it is possible to generate scientific theories of creation, based on a literal interpretation of the first 11 chapters of Genesis, that meet the requirements (such as falsifiability, simplicity and predictability) of the hypothetico-deductive method.

About the speaker

Ola Hössjer, BSc in Mathematics 1987, MSc in Engineering Physics 1987, and PhD in Mathematical Statistics at Uppsala University 1991, is currently, since 2002, Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Stockholm University. He is the author of about 100 peer-reviewed articles on various subjects, in particular statistics, insurance mathematics, statistical genetics, and population genetics, and the supervisor of 13 PhD students. In 2009 he was awarded the Gustafsson Price in Mathematics. He is part of the board of the Scandinavian School of Theology, he regularly publishes articles and gives talks on Christian apologetics in Sweden and abroad, and in 2018 he published Becoming a Christian.

Ola committed his life to Jesus Christ 23–24 years of age. He is a member of the board of elders of Sollentuna Pentecostal church, north of Stockholm, he is the father of two daughters and has one son-in-law. His foremost wish is to serve God, spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to mediate the view that not only are science and Christianity friends, but science makes most sense within a Christian framework.


Ola Hössjer

Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Stockholm University