Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

It has often been said that if that there had been no Reformation there would not have been the Enlightenment in the eighteenth century and the huge scientific movement of the nineteenth century.

Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), pioneer of classification

Botanist, biologist and the person who worked out the classification of plant and animal species.

‘Almighty Creator and Preserver of all things… praised be all Thou has created.

‘Let us… not set aside God’s works, but, guided by them, revere the Master!

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.51, 60, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), physics

Brewster’s Law (which was foundational for laser technology), kaleidoscope, key person in improving stereoscope and photographic imaging, co-founder of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

It can’t be presumption to be SURE [of our forgiveness] because it is Christ’s work, not ours; on the contrary, it is presumption to doubt His word and work.’

Before he died he said,

I shall see Jesus, and that will be grand. I shall see Him who made the worlds.

Dan Graves, Scientists of Faith, p.95, Kregel Resources, ©1996

Michael Faraday (1791-1867), pioneer of electric motors

When asked about his belief in the afterlife he quoted the Bible (2 Timothy 1:12):

Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. ‘I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day’.

In a public talk on science and religion he said:

The book of nature which we have to read is written by the finger of God.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.97, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Samuel Morse (1791-1872), pioneer of the telegraph

When the first telegraph message was sent in 1844 it said, ‘What hath God wrought’. Samuel Morse said something similar:

It is HIS work… “Not unto us, but to Thy Name, O Lord, be all the praise”.

The nearer I approach to the end of my pilgrimage… the grandeur and sublimity of God’s remedy for fallen man are more appreciated.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.106-7, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Charles Babbage (1791-1871), pioneer of modern computer

We take the highest and best of human faculties, and, exalting them in our imagination to an unlimited extent, endeavour to attain an imperfect conception of that Infinite Power which created everything around us.

Ninth Bridgewater Treatise: A Fragment, Charles Babbage. The purpose of this book was to demonstrate that science affirms the Christian faith

Matthew Maury (1806-1873), pioneer of oceanography

Maury read in Psalm 8:8 that the seas have ‘paths’ so he set out to discover the ocean currents and establish a shipping map. Despite being mocked for this he proved the Bible and now all navigators rely on his work.

The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.131, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

James Joule (1818-1889), physics

After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of his attributes of wisdom, power and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.141, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), pioneer of bacteriology

Pasteur disproved the false scientific belief called ‘spontaneous generation’. It had been believed by scientists since pagan times that life could emerge from non-life by natural processes. He demonstrated the Law of Biogenesis that life only comes from life. His work led to pasteurisation, vaccination and immunization. Lord Joseph Lister, another Christian, took Pasteur’s new germ theory into medicine and became the pioneer of antiseptics.

The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.

Science brings men nearer to God.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.153, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995

Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), pioneer of genetics

Mendel was an Austrian monk whose life was devoted to God.

One man, eager to praise his Creator by uncovering new knowledge about created things, brought about a permanent revolution in agriculture and medicine, as well as in pure science.

G. Webster, The Man Who Found Out Why: The Story of Gregor Mendel, World’s Work, Kingswood (Surrey), 1968, p.174, from Ann Lamont, p.165

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), physics

Maxwell’s equations were foundational for our revolution in technology; without them we would have had no television, radio, computers, iPods, X ray etc.

Almighty God, who has created man in Thine own image, and made him a living soul that he might seek after Thee, and have dominion over Thy creatures, teach us to study the works of Thy hands, that we may subdue the earth to our use, and strengthen the reason for Thy service; so to receive Thy blessed Word, that we may believe on Him whom Thou has sent, to give us the knowledge of salvation and the remission of sins. All of which we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Ann Lamont, 21 Great Scientists who believed the Bible, p.208, Creation Science Foundation, © 1995