Apr 23, 2008

Teaching Science? Start with the Bible!

This month I had the opportunity to present a workshop at the Washington State Christian Heritage Homeschool Convention. Here is a brief overview followed by many of the quotes from the Father’s of science who believed that to do science, you need to start with the Bible.

Science will not and cannot answer the four most important questions we ever ask ourselves. They do not answer them in such a way that corresponds to the deepest needs of mankind. Here are the questions:

1. Origin - where did it all come from?

2. Meaning – does my life have meaning?

3. Morality – what are good & evil?

4. Destiny – what happens after I die?

In brief, here’s how modern evolutionary science answers these questions:

1. Origin - where did it all come from?

Here’s what David Darling, the British Astronomer says:

“What is a big deal—the biggest deal of all—is how you get something out of nothing.

Don’t let the cosmologists try to kid you on this one. They have not got a clue either—despite the fact that they are doing a pretty good job of convincing themselves and others that this is really not a problem.”

2. Meaning – Does my life have meaning?

Richard Dawkins is a popular science writer, and holds the Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford and is an outspoken evolutionist. Here’s how he answers this question:.

“If it's true that evolution causes people to feel despair, that's tough. It's still the truth. The universe doesn't owe us condolence or consolation; it doesn't owe us a nice warm feeling inside. If it's true, it's true, and you'd better live with it…Don't kid yourself that you're going to live again after you're dead; you're not. Don't imagine for one second you're going to paradise. You're not. You're going to rot in the ground."

3. Morality – What is good and evil?

Francis Galton 19th century anthropologist, explorer, evolutionist and half brother of Charles Darwin. He was knighted in 1909. Here is a paraphrase of what he though:

"I do not see why any of those in the gifted class should not treat others with all kindness, so long as they don’t have children. But if these less gifted people continued to reproduce children who are inferior in moral, intellectual and physical qualities, the time may come when such persons will be considered as enemies to the State, and will to have forfeited all claims to our kindness."

4. Destiny – What happens after I die?

William Provine is an American historian of science, and is a Distinguished University Professor at Cornell University. He is an atheist, evolutionist and a professor in the Department of History. He holds his from the University of Chicago. Here is how he sums up his views on the four major questions:

"Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear ... There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That's the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either."

Here are some quotes from the very Fathers of various scientific fields. These men believed that if you want to teach science, you need to start with the Bible as your foundation.

Sir Isaac Newton, the Father of Physics and Calculus says we should start with the Bible:

"I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily."

The Father of Thermodynamics, James Prescott Joule, says we should start with the Bible:

"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."

How about the Father of Electronics…Michael Faraday? What did he say about using the Bible as the starting point?

“The Bible, and it alone, with nothing added to it nor taken away from it by man, is the sole and sufficient guide for each individual, at all times and in all circumstances…For faith in the divinity and work of Christ is the gift of God, and the evidence of this faith is obedience to the commandment of Christ."

And the Father of Modern Oceanography Matthew Fontaine Maury? What does the Father of Oceanography say about using the Bible?

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

Here are a few more…

Lord Kelvin – Pioneer in Mathematical Physics

"With regard to the origin of life, science...positively affirms creative power…Overwhelmingly strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us...the atheistic idea is so non-sensical that I cannot put it into words."

James Clerk Maxwell-Pioneer in Theoretical Physics

“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 Who Thou has sent, to give us the knowledge of salvation and the remission of our sins. All of which we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ, our Lord."

Samuel Morris – Father of the Telegraph

"Education without religion is in danger of substituting wild theories for the simple commonsense rules of Christianity."

Sir William Herschel – Father of stellar astronomy

“All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more the Truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures.”

Robert Boyle – Father of Modern Chemistry

"Christ's passion, His death, His resurrection and ascension, and all of those wonderful works which He did during His stay upon earth,[were done] in order to confirm mankind in the belief of His being God as well as man."

Johannes Kepler – The Father of Modern Science

"I am a Christian...I believe... only and alone in the service of Jesus Christ...In Him is all refuge, all solace…let my name perish if only the name of God the Father is thereby elevated [for God] is the kind Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing."