Deists Ushered in the Modern World

I’ve written before on the topic that faith and science can co-exist and compliment one another. There are some truths science is ill-equipped to discover that faith can illuminate and vice-versa.  As a Christ-follower I have no problem embracing either to find the truth. What I do have a problem with is when atheists misuse science in heavy-handed attempts to prove their own beliefs.

My day job is as an analyst, and one of the first rules of proper analysis is to let your data drive your conclusions. If you do that you’ll get close to the truth. It’s when you allow your conclusions to drive your data… now that’s when you get into trouble. I can’t make this statement without being accused of the same thing, but I have to question folks like Richard Dawkins who seem more like atheists first and scientists a distant second.

Recently I came across Phillip Manning’s book review for Edward Dolnick’s book The Clockwork Universe. I haven’t read the book, so I won’t offer a recommendation, but Manning’s write-up was eye opening on the beliefs of the men who ushered in the Modern Era we now enjoy. Here are a couple paragraphs:

These very different men [Kepler, Galileo, and Newton] had one thing in common: an unshakable belief in God. Dolnick summarizes the 17th century as a time when “Atheism was literally unthinkable.” One biographer estimated that Newton’s religious notes numbered into the “millions of words,” far more than he wrote on scientific topics.

These men had little trouble reconciling their faith with the science they were developing. As Dolnick says, they took “their own deepest beliefs and assigned them to nature.” And their deepest belief was in the existence of God. In their minds, scientific investigation was a way to understand the mind of God and honor his work.

Amazing how some of history’s most celebrated and visionary scientists felt very comfortable with faith and science. So, why is it so hard today?  What do you think?


About EDC

EDC is an award-winning author with a passion for telling imaginative stories resonating with universal truths. His latest novel, Runaway, is a futuristic action/adventure inspired by the book of Philemon. EDC was born in Georgia, growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Emma. Besides writing and being employed as an analyst in the airline industry, he has worked as a volunteer with youth, church planting, and Compassion International. He enjoys landscape gardening, listening to alternative rock, and playing the swordfight game on Wii Sports Resort.
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