Quotes by Great Scientists

The other day I was reading a paper and ran into this quote from Michael Faraday:

“Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” ~copied from WikiQuote

He had been asked if he ever wondered what would really happen to him when he died. His answer showed how confident he was in Jesus (he quoted what Paul said about nearing death in II Timothy 1:12). This is such an awesome thing to know about one of the fathers of electrical science!

Many people today want to make being unsure about everything the great virtue of science. According to them, showing absolute confidence in anything is horribly arrogant. So, we creationists are automatically considered bad scientists because we are absolutely confident there is a Creator God who made the universe like He tells us in the Bible.

What would they have thought of Faraday?

Since I’d looked up one quote, I thought I would research more. Here are a few whose names are still famous enough our kids ought to know about them. Why not let them see their faith in God, too?

Each name is linked to a biography page so you can find out what they contributed to our scientific understanding.

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler: “We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing.” ~WikiQuote

Galileo Galilei: “But I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.” ~TodayInSci

Sir Isaac Newton: “The most beautiful system of the Sun, Planets and Comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent being. All variety of created objects which represent order and Life in the Universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, whom I call the Lord God.” ~Buzzle

Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus: “All the species recognized by Botanists came forth from the Almighty Creator’s hand, and the number of these is now and always will be exactly the same, while every day new and different florists’ species arise from the true species so-called by Botanists, and when they have arisen they finally revert to the original forms. Accordingly to the former have been assigned by Nature fixed limits, beyond which they cannot go: while the latter display without end the infinite sport of Nature.” ~TodayInSci

Do you know what Linnaeus means by “species” here? A lot like what modern Creationists call Kinds (or Baramins for fancy)! I could have picked many more quotes of him giving God the glory, but you can look them up for yourself on WikiQuote. How amazing it will be to talk to him in heaven some day!

Samuel Morse: “It is His work,” he reminded them; “and He alone carried me thus far through all my trials and enabled me to triumph over the obstacles, physical and moral, which opposed me.  ‘Not unto us, not unto us, by to Thy name, O Lord, be all the praise.’”  ~SoulLiberty (the article has lots more great quotes)

These are just starting to show how common it is for love of God to work with love of science. For many of us, learning more about the way God works in the natural world helps us appreciate and understand our Creator in a special way. It sure helped King David praise the Lord….

Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. Psalm 145:3-5

I searched for names on the Creation Science Hall of Fame: Deceased Inductees page

And ran into a super-long page covering the World’s Greatest Creation Scientists on the Creation Safaris site for those hungry for more!

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3 thoughts on “Quotes by Great Scientists

  1. David Bump

    Faraday is one of my favorite scientists! So is Kepler. Kepler is famous for describing his research as “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.” G.W. Carver is a scientist who lived long after Darwin, yet look at this:

    American Minute with Bill Federer

    Born a slave around JULY 12, 1864, George Washington Carver became a
    scientist of international renown.

    On January 21, 1921, Carver addressed the United States House Ways
    and Means Committee on behalf of the United Peanut Growers
    Association on the use of peanuts to improve Southern economy.

    Initially given ten minutes to speak, the committee was so
    captivated, his time was extended.

    Explaining the many products derived from the peanut, including milk,
    mock beef and mock chicken, George Washington Carver stated:

    “If you go to the first chapter of Genesis, we can interpret very
    clearly, I think, what God intended when he said ‘Behold, I have
    given you every herb that bears seed. To you it shall be meat.’ This
    is what He means about it. It shall be meat.

    There is everything there to strengthen and nourish and keep the body
    alive and healthy.”

    After nearly two hours, the chairman asked:

    “Dr. Carver, how did you learn all of these things?”

    Carver answered: “From an old book”

    “What book?” asked the Chairman.

    Carver replied, “The Bible.”

    The Chairman inquired, “Does the Bible tell about peanuts?”

    “No, Sir” Dr. Carver replied, “It tells about the God who made the
    peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut and He
    did.”

    Reply
    1. Cheri Fields Post author

      Welcome, David!
      I thought of adding Carver, but ran out of room well before his time (Faraday only made it by inspiring the post). Thanks for the quote. 🙂

      Reply

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