The debate between creation science and evolution is over the plausibility of explanations for the natural or supernatural origins of the universe, life, and species. Defining the debate points of contention are essential to meaningful debate. Understanding the points of contention allow one to identify and examine the relevance and validity of the evidence associated with each point.
For example, the debate about the natural or supernatural origin of the universe can be resolved with laws such as those of thermodynamics. Evidence from the fossil record and properties of amino acids are irrelevant to the origin of the universe. Rather, evidences pertaining to the origin of the energy and matter that make up the universe are relevant.
Evidence for the supernatural origin of the universe requires just two laws of science: the first and second laws of thermodynamics. These two laws state that energy cannot be created or destroyed by natural means and that entropy does not naturally decrease in a closed system.
Evidence for the supernatural origin of life includes the law of biogenesis and the law of probabilities.
Evidence for the supernatural origin of species variation is provided by experimentation on genetic limitations of variation and by the findings of fossil remains in the earth's crust demonstrating adaptation limitation within a given population kind.
Debating the appropriate evidence for each of the three categories of origins makes meaningful debate possible.
“I shudder to think of a time and place in which there is a ‘scientific’ gospel on the nature of good and evil that is not subject to debate. I use ‘scientific’ in quotes in this regard because debate is the cornerstone of genuine science, and a science without debate and exuberant skepticism is not science at all. The best safeguard we have against the misuse of the concept of evil by scientists is to assure that science remains scientific and grounded in a democratic culture in which open debate is encouraged.“– M. Scott Peck, M.D., People of the lie, 1990, p. 259.
"Unlike other documentary films, EXPELLED doesn't just talk to
people representing one side of the story. The film confronts
scientists such as Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion,
influential biologist and atheist blogger PZ Myers and Eugenie
Scott, head of the National Center for Science Education. The
creators of EXPELLED crossed the globe over a two-year period,
interviewing scores of scientists, doctors, philosophers and public
leaders. The result is a startling revelation that freedom of
thought and freedom of inquiry have been expelled from
publicly-funded high schools, universities and research
institutions." Megan Erhardt, CRC Public Relations, EXPELLED:
No Intelligence Allowed