God makes scientific laws comprehensible

Professor John Lennox, who once defeated Richard Dawkins in a debate, said:

The very reason science flourished so vigorously in the 16th and 17th centuries was precisely because of the belief that the laws of nature which were then being discovered and defined reflected the influence of a divine law-giver.

One of the fundamental themes of Christianity is that the universe was built according to a rational, intelligent design. Far from being at odds with science, the Christian faith actually makes perfect scientific sense.

Some years ago, the scientist Joseph Needham made an epic study of technological development in China. He wanted to find out why China, for all its early gifts of innovation, had fallen so far behind Europe in the advancement of science.

He reluctantly came to the conclusion that European science had been spurred on by the widespread belief in a rational creative force, known as God, which made all scientific laws comprehensible.

Quote source

Lennox, J. cited in Sarfati, J. (2010). Hawking atheopathy: Famous physicist goes beyond the evidence. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/stephen-hawking-god. Last accessed 8th Aug 2015.

Getting to the bottom of a flat earth

[John] Heilbron’s book The Sun in the Church shows that church-supported astronomers used the cathedrals themselves as solar observatories—hence the subtitle of the book, Cathedrals as Solar Observatories. This would have made no sense if the church had been antiscience…

The authors also use Jeffrey Burton Russell’s Inventing the Flat Earth, a well-documented book that demolishes the charge that the church taught a flat earth. Prof. Russell can find only five obscure writers in the first 1,500 years of the Christian era who denied that the earth was a globe. But he documents a large number of famous Christian scholars, including the venerable Bede and Thomas Aquinas, who affirmed the earth’s sphericity. Rather, the flat earthism was a totally baseless myth fostered by 19th-century writers with a huge anti-Christian axe to grind.

Quote source

Hardaway, B. & Sarfati, J. (2004). Countering Christophobia [book review] Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/countering-christophobia. Last accessed 25th Jul 2015.

When nihilists are unaware of Biblical history

According to “nihilist”:

A penchant for exaggeration: The bible simply cannot simply tell a story. It exaggerates to the point of being absurd. For example, it describes a flood that is so great in magnitude that the highest land-based mountains are subjmerged [sic]. While there is evidence that flooding occured [sic] in the area, there is absolutely no evidence for a flood of this size…

In conclusion, the Bible…is full of errors, contradictions and absurdities. The problems we have overcome have been in spite of, not because of the Bible. It has been through the application of reason and science that we have overcome the things it has condoned, even demanded. Pretending otherwise is plain silly.

Well don’t tell that to Nicholas Steno:

Another landmark of Steno’s Prodromus [Nicholas Steno’s pioneering 17th century book on geology] was its interpretation of the geologic history of Tuscany. Although crude by later standards, it began a trend that grew in to a powerful system of documenting Earth’s history. Interestingly enough, Steno interpreted Tuscany’s strata in the biblical framework, and modern geologists are usually surprised to learn that the ‘father of modern geology’ believed in the global Flood of Genesis.

Quote source

  1. Nihilist (2013).10 reasons not to believe in the bible. geoffreyobae. Available https://geoffreyobae.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/10-reasons-not-to-believe-in-the-bible/. Last accessed 8th Jun 2015.
  2. Reed, J.K. (2013). Rocks Aren’t Clocks: A Critique of the Geological Timescale. Creation Book Publishers, Powder Springs, p. 213

Atheists know that theology was the midwife of science

You [the atheist Phillip Adams] are quite right that theology was the midwife of science. Again this is a matter of historical fact. That’s no surprise because the Christian religion that dominated Europe in the seventeenth century had a long tradition of scholarly enquiry.

Theologians such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas set out their thinking in a rational and rigorous way. They formulated very deep ideas about physical existence, about nature and the order in nature, about creation and about God, and God’s qualities, and so on. They constructed a sort of systematic theology, much like the Greeks constructed a systematic geometry.

It was from this tradition that early scientists like Newton and Kepler began their investigations of nature, applying the sorts of principles and the type of reasoning that theologians had already developed. As a result, they made all kinds of discoveries that would never have emerged from alternative modes of investigation like mysticism and shamanism.

Quote source

Davies, P. (1998). More Big Questions: Paul Davies in Conversation with Phillip Adams. ABC Books, Sydney, pp. 29-30

Scientific American is derived from Christianity

The current Scientific American editor [John Rennie] argues that creation has no place in science and has done nothing for the advancement of science. Yet he completely misses the irony that Scientific American was founded by a staunch believer in creation—the artist and inventor Rufus Porter (1792–1884), who thought that science glorified the Creator God. In the very first issue, his editorial stated:

“We shall advocate the pure Christian religion, without favouring any particular sect…”

Quote source

Matthews, M. & Sarfati, J. (n.d) Refuting Evolution 2. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-2-introduction. Last accessed 21st Feb 2015

Ken Ham outshines Bill Nye (and Paul Davies)

According to Paul Davies:

But suppose biologists tell us that living organisms are nothing but collections of molecules interacting in complicated ways, that there is nothing more to it than that…Surely, it is much better for us to behold the wonder and ingenuity of nature exposed by the spotlight of knowledge than for us to hide in the corner of ignorance?

But according to Ken Ham (recalling an encounter with Bill Nye):

Bill Nye said that…he ‘loves the joy of discovery’ that’s what it’s all about, this mystery of the joy of discovery.

One of the things I said to Bill Nye was this: You know, from your perspective, no God, we’re the result of natural processes, when you die, you cease to exist, so when you die, you won’t even know you ever existed, and when people who knew you die, they won’t know you existed, you won’t know they existed—what is the purpose of this ‘joy of discovery’?

Tell me, what’s the point? I mean from your perspective, life is meaningless and purposeless—and he gets his strength from that?

Well, I don’t. I get my strength from the Word of God. The eternal God. The infinite creator God, who knows all things, who’s given us his word, and who’s saved us for eternity in what he did on the cross at Calvary.

Quote source

  1. Davies, P. (1998). More Big Questions: Paul Davies in Conversation with Phillip Adams. ABC Books, Sydney, p. 16
  2. Ham, K. (2014). Where Do You Find Your Strength? Ken Ham Answers. Available http://youtu.be/yKABgSPGIYw. Last accessed 7th Feb 2014

The Bible is authority for everything it touches

Some 13 years before he died, [oceanographer Matthew] Maury had laid the cornerstone for the University of East Tennessee (November 30, 1860). The speech he gave then forms a fitting comment on the whole of his professional life as a Christian and a scientist:

“I have been blamed by men of science, both in this country and in England, for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore of no authority in matters of science.

I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches.”

Quote source

Munday, E. (1983). “Matthew Fontaine Maury” in Creation Ex Nihilo. Volume 6(2), pp. 25-28. Available http://creation.com/matthew-maury. Last accessed 1st Jan 2015.