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Section 1: What is Science?

History From the Beginning

How Did Science Begin?

Adam, our first father, began laying the foundation for the scientific enterprise when he was still in the Garden of Eden. Created in the image of God, he was holy and in perfect communion with his Creator. God gave orders to Adam to "fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:28)

Thus Adam was to be God's steward in the earth, and God placed him in the Garden of Eden "to tend and keep it." (Genesis 2:15) But in order to be a good steward and in order to tend things in the Garden properly, Adam had first to learn about the things he was to take care of. Originally, before he sinned and lost communion with God, Adam had close daily fellowship with the Lord, and so he could ask Him many questions about the world, about the many things in the Garden which he could see and touch. God soon gave him a task which began to prepare him for his work.

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