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Daily Devotional – August 25

 

A Berean Classic 

Misconception

 1Corinthians 1:27(a) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; 

An atheist friend of mine wrote: 

“There is hardly any proof that the major minds of our times believe in religion. This denigrates all of the scientists who do not–which is most of them.”

 CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Andy Rooney said, 

‘I am an atheist, I don’t understand religion at all. I’m sure I’ll offend a lot of people by saying this, but I think it’s all nonsense.’ He said Christian fundamentalism is a result of “…a lack of education. They haven’t been exposed to what the world has to offer.”* 

Is this true?  Are Christians just some fanatical cultists who are steeped in superstition and ignorance?

Contrary to my friend’s line of reasoning and society’s assumptions:

  • We have electricity as we know it today because of an scientist who was a Christian.

  • The Big Bang theory was proposed and developed by a Christian.

  • The father of modern genetics and genome research is a Christian.

  • Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Boyle, Faraday, Mendel, Kelvin either all Christian or believed in God.

  • Darwin himself even said it was impossible to theorize a universe without a designer, and died a depressed and hopeless man for having renounced God.

  • Encyclopedia Britanica: “Firmly denying atheism, Einstein expressed a belief in “Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists.”

Psalms 14:1(a) …The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God.

Here is a partial list of world-shaping minds who believed in God:

  • Isaac Newton – the Newtonian Revolution
  • Albert Einstein – Twentieth-Century Science
  • Neils Bohr – the Atom
  • Louis Pasteur – the Germ Theory of Disease
  • Galileo Galilei – the New Science
  • Antoine Laurent Lavoisier – the Revolution in Chemistry
  • Johannes Kepler – Motion of the Planets
  • Nicolaus Copernicus – the Heliocentric Universe
  • Michael Faraday – the Classical Field Theory
  • James Clerk Maxwell – the Electromagnetic Field
  • Werner Heisenberg – Quantum Theory
  • Linus Pauling – Twentieth-Century Chemistry
  • Erwin Schrodinger – Wave Mechanics
  • Andreas Vesalius – the New Anatomy
  • Tycho Brahe – the New Astronomy
  • Max Planck – the Quanta
  • Max Born – Quantum Mechanics
  • Enrico Fermi – Atomic Physics
  • Leonard Euler – Eighteenth-Century Mathematics
  • Arthur Eddington – Modern Astronomy
  • William Harvey – Circulation of the Blood
  • Marcello Malpighi – Microscopic Anatomy
  • Christiaan Huygens – the Wave Theory of Light
  • Carl Gauss (Karl Friedrich Gauss) – Mathematical Genius
  • John von Neumann – the Modern Computer
  • Richard Feynman – Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Anton van Leeuwenhoek – the Simple Microscope
  • Hans Bethe – the Energy of the Sun
  • Gregor Mendel – the Laws of Inheritance
  • Paul Ehrlich – Chemotherapy
  • Theodosius Dobzhansky – the Modern Synthesis
  • Frederick Sanger – the Genetic Code
  • John Dalton – the Theory of the Atom
  • Louis Victor de Broglie – Wave/Particle Duality  
  • Carl Linnaeus – the Binomial Nomenclature
  • Claude Levi-Strauss – Structural Anthropology
  • Lynn Margulis – Symbiosis Theory
  • Karl Landsteiner – the Blood Groups
  • Alexander Fleming – Penicillin
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August 25, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

4 Comments »

  1. If I were to list, say 100, of the world’s greatest thinkers, I wouldn’t even consider Andy Rooney. 🙄

    Comment by Helen Losse | August 25, 2006 | Reply

  2. Ha! I think Andy would probably disagree with you, Helen 🙂

    -j

    Comment by bereans | August 25, 2006 | Reply

  3. That we are even here to have a debate about the existence of God is proof enough for me, who does or does not believe isn’t terribly important. This is a nice list though, it illustrates that science and religion are not incompatible. In fact I would offer that scientists (or commentators) who decry God, AND people of Faith why decry science, are BOTH demonstrating their insecurity about their own beliefs. If one is truly at peace with oneself and ones view of the universe, one does not need to feel threatened by people who believe differently. God’s universe seems to work the same for believers and non believers, so I’m pretty sure it was created for all of us to marvel at and enjoy. If God can tolerate people of all faiths and beliefs, even those who don’t believe in him, who am I to argue? 🙂

    Comment by unitedcats | August 25, 2006 | Reply

  4. Hi UC!

    Thanks for dropping by the Bereans!

    One thing I used to point out to my students was the science was the study of cause and effect. One thing that had stumped modern day science was an original cause. In other words, going back to the beginning of time, what brought about matter, life, etc. One thing that modern scientist have tried to do is obfuscate the origin by burying it within incomprehensible volumes of time–in other words anything can happen over trillions of years–but if one goes back before then, where is the cause?

    UC, if you have a chance, check out The Privileged Planet (A google search will bring you to their site–they have a fantastic DVD worth watching!)

    -j

    Comment by bereans | August 28, 2006 | Reply


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