Science and the Glory of God
(From Wallbuilders, March 27, 2015)
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Several WallBuilders speakers just returned from engagements in Alaska, where they witnessed the incomprehensible wonder of the Northern Lights, the breathtaking beauty of the majestic mountain ranges, and the creative uniqueness of its wildlife. Throughout American history, those who believed Psalms 19 and explored God’s marvelous creation have had great impact on our science.
For example, U.S. Navy Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury became known as “Father of Oceanography” and “Pathfinder of the Seas” because of what he discovered from reading Psalm 8 and Ecclesiastes 1. When criticized for his reliance on the Bible, Maury responded:
In fact, Jefferson said that “Bacon, Newton and Locke . . . [are] my trinity of the three greatest men the world had ever produced.” While Locke was a Christian philosopher, both Bacon and Newton were Christian scientists. Notice the philosophy of these two.
Francis Bacon, known as the “Father of Modern Science,” developed the process of inductive thinking and created the scientific method. He also penned several books on religion, such as On the Unity in Religion (1612), On Atheism (1612), and Of Praise (1612), as well as a translation of Biblical psalms (1625).
Sir Isaac Newton as an English mathematician and scientist credited with birthing modern calculus and discovering the laws of universal gravitation. But he actually wrote more on theology than he did on science!
There are many other examples, making clear that science as we know it today would not exist had it not been for those who used the Bible to lay the foundations of modern science.(For more information on the Bible and Science, see the commentary for Daniel 1 in The Founders’ Bible).