While Donna Fujimoto and I were discussing her recent post, I came across Men of Science, Men of God. The book was written by Henry M. Morris (published by Master Books, 1982) and gives brief biographies of 101 men who have believed in the Bible and pursued or supported scientific discovery. The biographies highlight their work as scientists and their lives as believers.
Dr. Morris begins with Da Vinci and ends with Sir Cecil Wakeley. The survey includes such well-known scientists as Johann Kepler, Robert Boyle, William Herschel, Samuel F.B. Morse, Louis Pasteur and George Washington Carver. Before beginning his biographies, Morris states that his book is not intended to be an exhaustive study. The book is designed more as a reference book that would pique a person’s interest in the subject of faith and science and perhaps being a deeper study of particular scientists.
Morris also states “the inclusion of a particular scientist in this collection does not indicate that we would or would not endorse his personal behavior or particular doctrinal or denominational beliefs. Our only criterion has been that, in addition to being a highly qualified scientist, he believed in the inspiration and authority of the Bible, accepted Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and believed in the one true God of the Bible as the Creator of all things.” It is important to note that Morris was president emeritus of the Institute of Creation Research at the time of the book’s publication. This organization promotes the belief in a 6,000 year-old earth. A few of the scientists he included also promoted such a view.
Whether you and your child subscribe to such a view does not, in my opinion, negate the value of the book. Just reading about the famous and less famous scientists who also believed in Jesus is encouraging. I think upper elementary children and teens will benefit from seeing that science and faith were not incompatible for these men and consider that society’s prevalent thinking, may be worth questioning. It might encourage your child to research and find contemporary scientists who are people of faith in God. We have them among us.
(Note: A few years ago I heard astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross speak. Not only are human beings “fearfully and wonderfully made,” but our planet and the universe declare the magnificence of God.)
Nancy Ellen Hird is a mom, a writer and a credentialed teacher. (She taught seventh grade and preschool.) Two of her published works for children are Marty’s Monster and Jessica Jacobs Did What? Her latest work is I Get a Clue, a mystery novel for girls 10-13. For several years she was a freelance reviewer of children’s and teen’s literature for the Focus on the Family website.