Gaining Perspective

Bringing perspective to the scene -

Design evidenced in solar geometry -

Geology and Scripture are compatible -

Science stands on rationality in nature [=creationism]. Many sites containing information on the history of science will therefore be creationist. E.g. Of a father of modern science, Galileo Galilei, it has been written, '... he praised ... Copernicus for his belief in the voice of reason, although it contradicted sense experience. Such a faith rested on the conviction that the world was the product of a personal, rational Creator ... This biblically inspired faith ... is possibly the most precious bequest of this great Florintine ...' (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Also regarded as a father of science, Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626], stated, 'I had rather believe all the fables in the legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind' (more). Try this page of Lord Kelvin quotations!

Sir Richard Owen, writing in 1860 in answer to Darwin's The Origin of the Species: "The origin of species is the question of questions in Zoology; the supreme problem which the most striking of our original labourers, the clearest zoological thinkers, and the most successful generalisers, have never lost sight of, whilst they have approached it with due reverence" (more).

Coming from a biblical rather than scientific perspective, the highly respected churchman, Dr. Francis Schaeffer [1912-1984], predicted: "That without the Church's participation in the ecology debate, the environmental movement would adopt pantheism as its foundational doctrine". The abandonment of the scientific foundation of rational design is presumably one of the factors contributing to the threatening, fear-based modern idea that divinely instituted personal freedom must give place to survival of the human species. Schaeffer's Genesis in Space and Time is in many ways the introduction to the scientific breakthroughs documented on

Max Planck was a pioneer of quantum theory. He risked his life resisting Nazism's invasion of scientific institutions.

Niels Bohr, contemporary to Max Planck, was also involved in developing quantum theory. He resisted Nazism and helped Danish Jews.

Andrei Sakharov was an influential Russian physicist who risked his life by standing up for human rights in communist Russia.

Michael Faraday has been called a prince of experimenters. His life and example have been deeply influential.

Lord Kelvin was an interesting and influential 'character' in the history of science.

Some influential biologists and palaeontologists:-


Encyclopedia of World Biography, eds. Byers, P.K. Bourgoin, S.M. Walker, N.E., 1998, 2nd ed. Vol. 6, p. 182.