Who Says Creationists Can’t Be Real Scientists?
I am always amazed and amused by those who believe that faith in a Creator is somehow unscientific. This is the result of decades of brainwashing with regard to the Theory of Evolution. The teaching of Darwin’s theory as a fact without any criticisms or alternative explanations allowed is not education it is indoctrination. This has given rise to a generations of people who simply parrot what they have been force fed from their youth.
Today, the teaching of the evolutionary myth begins as early as kindergarten and can be seen on children’s television shows from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in the 1960s to Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer of the late 1990s. I even discovered evolutionary propaganda on Baby First TV, a popular cable program aimed at babies while watching it with my grandson. Who would have thought that the home of the Rainbow Horse (my grandson’s particular favorite) or Vocabu-Larry would begin their brainwashing with toddlers. Not to be outdone by cable stations, the Public Broadcasting Network (PBS) has a popular program aimed at preschoolers called the Dinosaur Train that is produced by the Jim Henson Company of Muppet fame. It has its very own paleontologist, Scott Sampson, Ph.D., who shows up to reinforce the evolutionary timeline with regard to the dinosaurs.
Sadly, many scientists today suffer from a lack of honesty with regard to the Bible and those who place their faith in the God of the Bible. Such men as Isaac Newton (1643-1727), Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) could easily be considered three of the greatest scientific minds of this or any time. Today, there are many scientists with impeccable credentials who have their own doubts about evolutionary theory. Some are creationists and some are not.
It is no accident that these three men’s pictures hung in Albert Einstein’s Princeton University office. Sir Isaac Newton is considered by many to be the most prolific scientific genius of his or any other time. One of the major criticisms he received from his fellow scientists was that he spent too much time in Bible study and not enough time in following scientific pursuits.
Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell were contemporaries, but they were from very different backgrounds. Faraday was the son of a blacksmith with only a grade school education while Maxwell was a child of privilege. Although Faraday became a very popular science lecturer in his day, he was almost entirely self-taught. Faraday’s research would be responsible for several discoveries both in chemistry and electromagnetism. Michael Faraday’s immense contribution to science is in part indicated by the dozen or so laws, phenomena, and experimental instruments that bear his name: the Faraday cage, the Faraday constant, Faraday’s law of induction, the Faraday (rotation) effect, the farad (a unit of electrical capacitance), and on and on. In 1823, he became the first person to liquefy chlorine, and in 1825, he first isolated benzene. His first significant independent discovery, in 1821, was an elegant experiment demonstrating that a magnetic field affects an electric current by causing it to move perpendicular to both the current and the field, and it is his research into electricity for which he is best known. Foremost was his 1831 discovery of electromagnetic induction: that varying magnetic fields induce currents to flow in electric circuits (Hutchison, 2014).
By age 21, Faraday managed a transition from journeyman bookseller to amanuensis for the most famous London scientist of the day, Sir Humphry Davy. The story has been well told many times, and though it has a fairy-tale atmosphere, it speaks also of Faraday’s persistence and attention. His meticulous notes of some of Davy’s public lectures first brought him to the attention of Davy, then the Honorary Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Laboratory of London’s Royal Institution. Chemical explosions, injuries, and the firing of a predecessor opened the opportunity for Faraday. Then, barely seven months into his appointment, Faraday left England as Davy’s “philosophical assistant” on an eighteen-month scientific trip to the continent — a remarkable scientific apprentice-ship. By the 1820s, Faraday’s place at the Royal Institution was secure, and he had gained admittance to the Royal Society and acceptance in the scientific circles of the day (Hutchison, 2014).
It was during his time as a journeyman bookseller that Faraday no doubt devoured textbooks on various scientific subjects. While most historians claim that Faraday was a poor mathematician, Maxwell was known to be one of the preeminent mathematicians of his day. However, Maxwell defended Faraday and rejected the concept that Faraday was unlearned in mathematics. What was true was the fact that Faraday’s work on electromagnetism had not been inspected using higher mathematics. Because Faraday did not offer a mathematical proof for his work, many of his contemporaries rejected his conclusions even mocking him for his insistence on these “invisible” electromagnetic fields. It was James Clerk Maxwell that would validate the work of Michael Faraday and finally silence all of Faraday’s critics. It is interesting that both men were devout Christians and had such a profound effect upon one another as well as the fledgling field of physics.
All of this is to remind those who would mock scientists who believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. We should take notice of these giants of science and remind everyone that they believed exactly what modern creationists believe today. Many scientists who lived at the time of Darwin remained unconvinced by his patently unscientific conclusions concerning evolution. Remember, at the time of Darwin’s publication of his On the Origen of Species in 1859, the science of genetics was not yet established. Still, men and women like William Paley, James Joule, Gregor Mendel, Louis Pasteur, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Joseph Lister, John Ambrose Fleming and dozens of others from various scientific disciplines all considered Darwin and his Theory of Evolution to be erroneous. So why are those who question Darwin’s theory today being mocked and/or expelled from their academic posts?
It is important to look at those three men, Newton, Faraday and Maxwell. Why did Albert Einstein feel so indebted to them, so much so that he hung their portraits in his study at Princeton? There is no doubt that Einstein was not a Bible believing man. He actually self identified as an agnostic, but he was also was very upset that others had used his past statements to try to paint him as an atheist.
“From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist... I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our being.” (Einstein, 1949)
When it came to the subject of Jesus of Nazareth, Einstein had some very interesting things to say:
“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene . . . No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot (a witty remark or clever saying).”
When asked, “Do you accept the historical Jesus?”
Einstein (1929) replied, “Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life,”
It is very interesting to me that the man whose namesake replaced the Newtonian universe with the Einsteinian universe would be humble enough not to be overly dogmatic about his own religious beliefs. There is no doubt that Einstein rejected the concept of a personal Savior, but his statements about Jesus of Nazareth stand in stark contrast to atheistic evolutionists who continue to mock people of faith.
And what of Einstein’s heroes? Would Richard Dawkins and other vocal atheists speak with their usual condescension if they were in the presence of these true giants of science? I think not.
Submitted by Steven Rowitt, Ph.D.
Hutchison, Ian H. (2014). The Genius and Faith of Faraday and Maxwell. The New Atlantis, Number 41, Winter 2014, pp. 81-99.
Hutchison, Ian H. (2014). Ibid.
Einstein, Albert (1949). Letter to Guy H. Raner Jr., Sept. 28, 1949, quoted by Michael R. Gilmore in Skeptic, Vol. 5, No. 2.
Einstein, Albert (1929). What Life Means to Einstein. An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck for the Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929. Einstein was a physicist and professor at Princeton University. He lived from 1879-1955.