mercredi 23 novembre 2011

In Memory of Theistic Scientists

                  A thought about Christians who contributed to the progress of Science.

"We see how God, like a human architect, approached the founding of the world according to order and rule and measured everything in such a manner."~ Johannes Kepler (d. 1630), improved the telescope and discovered Kepler's Laws of planetary motion, demonstrating that planetary motion was part of a universal mathematical physics system.

"Religion and science demand for their foundation faith in God. For the former (religion), God stands foremost; for the latter (science), at the end of all thought. For religion He represents a basis; for science, a crowning solution towards a world view." ~ Max Planck (d. 1947), the founder of quantum physics and one of the most important physicists of the twentieth century.

"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." ~ Isaac Newton (d. 1727), developed calculus and described it in Principia Mathematica, from which the above quote is taken. He described universal gravitation, the three laws of motion, and developed color theory. He wrote more on theology and religion than he did on science.

"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more the Truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures." ~ Sir William Herschel (d. 1822), a Fellow of the Royal Society and accomplished musician, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, measured the height of lunar mountains and discovered infrared radiation.

"The book of nature which we have to read is written by the finger of God." ~ Michael Faraday (d. 1867), established the existence of the magnetic field, discovered electrolysis, diamagnetism, electromagnetic induction and benzene. He invented an early version of the electric dynamo. His work laid the foundation of the modern electrical system. By showing the inter-relation between magnetism and light, he laid the groundwork for a unified field theory.

"God would not have made the universe as it is unless He intended us to understand it." ~Robert Boyle (d. 1691), regarded as the first modern chemist and a founding member of the Royal Society, Boyle made contributions in numerous fields, including electricity, color, crystals, and hydrostatics. He also contributed liberally to Christian missions in the East and founded the Boyle Lectures to combat Christian infidels and heretics.

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