Earth Day 2017
With all the talk about science vs. the Bible…
I just wanted to pass something along to you. I thought you’d find it interesting to see a list of scientists who because of their fundamental belief that there was a Creator were driven to study science further and made the discoveries, inventions, and fields of study that are the basis for everything we know today.
No, they were not all Christians, though most were, and most were contemporaries of Charles Darwin, but they all believed by what they studied and learned that there must have been a Creator. Take a look at the impact that a belief in a Creator has had on science, demonstrated by the graphic charts below:
You might also find it interesting to know that the vast majority of Nobel Prizes have been won by devoutly religious people vs nonreligious, atheistic, agnostic, and free-thinking people. The book “100 Years of Nobel Prizes“, which gives statistical data over the first 100 years of recipients from 1901 to 2000, offers some interesting information on this subject:
- Atheists, agnostics and freethinkers have won 10.5% of all Nobel Prizes
- Jews have won over 20% of all Nobel Prizes
- 65.4% of Nobel Prize Laureates have identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference. And Christians have won a total of 78.3% of all the Nobel Prizes in Peace, 72.5% in Chemistry, 65.3% in Physics, 62% in Medicine, 54% in Economics and 49.5% of all Literature awards.
And that’s only about these three largest groups. For some of the latest data, you can check out these links in Wikipedia for quick reference:
Of note, a Pew Research poll in 2009 found that roughly 4 out of 10 scientists (41%) do not believe in a Higher Power or God, which is really a way of saying that 6 out of 10 do or at least are not opposed to the belief. See how wording of things can put a slant on interpretation and emphasis?
“Creationists and evolutionists, Christians and non-Christians, all have the same evidence—the same facts. Think about it: we all have the same earth, the same fossil layers, the same animals and plants, the same stars—the facts are all the same. The difference is in the way we all interpret the facts. And why do we interpret facts differently? Because we start with different presuppositions; these are things that are assumed to be true without being able to prove them. These then become the basis for other conclusions. All reasoning is based on presuppositions (also called axioms). This becomes especially relevant when dealing with past events.”
We all have the same facts and evidence, but how and why we interpret things is important!
Believing in God or a Creator doesn’t mean you’re crazy, and there are plenty of crazies on both sides of the fence. But there are many brilliant minds who do believe and let that drive them to make great advancements in the world.
The Bible says in Romans 1:19-20, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
Just some thoughts to ponder. Blessings to you!