This summer I have been teaching a class on Sunday evenings at Wellandport on “Evidences for our Faith.” We are demonstrating that there is solid, sound evidence for rational thinking people to be Creationists, to believe in the Bible as the Word of God and to accept the Deity of Jesus.
Through the course, we have cited many scientists who reject The General Theory of Evolution and believe in Intelligent Design. Following a recent study, one of the members suggested I check out a speech by Canada’s recently appointed Governor General, Julie Payette. Given last fall to scientists at an Ottawa convention, Ms. Payette mocked Creationists and religion in general. It was reported by those who heard that speech that her “delivery was theatrical, her tone incredulous.”
“And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process.”
She continued by mocking people of faith by saying, “And so many people — I’m sure you know many of them — still believe, want to believe, that maybe taking a sugar pill will cure cancer if you will it!” Most believed she was referring to people who prayed about their illnesses.
As I googled her speech and the reaction, much has been written about her insensitivity to religious people. One writer called her “mean-spirited.” Especially since she is a representative of the Crown and expected to be apolitical.
As I pointed out in our classes unbelievers and evolutionists often resort to ridicule instead of an honest intellectual study of the evidence. Our young people are subjected to science teachers and university professors who express contempt for Christianity, mock the Genesis account, and caricature Christians as backwoods, uneducated buffoons.
One response to Ms Payette was especially thoughtful by Dr. John Nufeld. “As a Christian, I have several thoughts. For one, I wonder if Ms. Payette would include Francis Collins, the former Director of the Genome Institute, in her list of people who believed in a sugar pill? Or would she acknowledge that Denis Alexander, Supervisor of the research group in cancer and immunology at the Babraham Institute, is not working on sugar pills, yet believes in God? I would commend her to read John Lennox, a mathematician at Oxford, specifically his book, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? She might find it interesting to actually read a book from one of the “sugar pill” people!”
By the way, just for the record, surveys indicate the 65% of Canadians and 68% of Americans believe in God. While those numbers are down from past years, a significant segment of our people do not agree with the likes of Ms. Payette.
In 2009 President Barack Obama nominated the geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health. In an essay for CNN Collins wrote, “I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship.”
While some American scientists questioned whether someone who professed a strong belief in God was qualified to lead the largest biomedical research agency in the world, apparently he has succeeded since President Trump retained him in that position last year.
In a 2017 Huffington Post article, “12 Famous Scientists on the Possibility of God,” writer Carol Kuruville reports a survey that says 51% of scientists believe in God or some form of a Higher Power.
There are many who would echo the sentiments of Dr. Joseph H. Taylor, a 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.”
Taylor’s approach is in line with what Paul wrote in Romans 1:20. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
Indeed further scientific discovery and knowledge about our cosmos lead us to exclaim with the Psalmist, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”
I believe, as do many men and women of science that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman