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.