Scientists are BAFFLED!
Dan Phillips had a blog post about some recent news and events that have completely baffled scientists. I haven’t read the articles (yet). Dan’s comments are worth a look, however.
But you say, they proceed empirically, by experimentation. Correct — experiments resting on mountains of unproven and unprovable assumptions. The whole notion of “experimentation” assumes a continuity to the universe that they have no right to assume, on their premises. Do a test, and X occurs. What have you proven? That X occurred once. Repeat the test 300 times, and X occurs each time. What have you proven? That X occurred 300 times. Nothing more, nothing less.
Further, you don’t really know what caused X to occur. The whole notion of causation is itself an assumption, unproven and unprovable.
Scientists can only ever have confidence that something will happen a certain way, but they can never really know for certain.
I think that the difference between the scientist and the Christian is that we at least accept that it is not our place to know everything.