In the increasingly secular age in which we live, it is all too easy to forget that the major disciplines of science were founded by men of broadly Christian convictions. Their names are perhaps familiar to us – Boyle, Ray, Hooke, Newton, Faraday – but there is often an embarrassed silence concerning the spiritual beliefs that motivated these scientific giants. Like the astronomer, Kepler, these men perceived that in their scientific insights they were ‘thinking God’s thoughts after him’. Today, however, there is a sense of collective amnesia about the religious motivations of these men. Over the last two or three centuries, science has become almost completely disconnected from its biblical roots, with the result that the academic culture in which science is practiced today is one of tacit – if not explicit – atheism. Nowhere is this more evident than in the scientific study of how the universe began and developed – the field of origins.
This book has been written in the conviction that the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis – the Bible’s book of beginnings – provide a trustworthy and accurate account of the early history of the universe.
“Paul Garner powerfully demonstrates that when starting with the foundational truths of Genesis (six day creation, an historical fall, global flood, real tower of Babel, etc.), creationists can build scientific models that are far superior in their explanatory power than the evolutionary ones. This book is greatly needed in helping to popularise creation model-building as it introduces the reader to the best contemporary creationist models in astronomy, geology, biology, and so on — and at a level the layperson can understand.”
–Ken Ham, President, Answers in Genesis — U.S. / Creation Museum
It is interesting to consider the belief of the scientist and its implications on the work of the scientist. Does what we believe affect our practice? Well I’m sure any genuine scientist would at first say no, arguing, “What I believe of our origins, whether it be religious or non-religious, does not influence my hypothesis, my research, my data, my analysis of that data and my conclusions.”
Ok, what do you think? Will their conviction of origins influence every area of the scientist’s work?