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Sir Isaac Newton

I can’t tell you that science and Christianity are compatible because you’ll laugh in my face.

So I won’t even say it, you can just laugh.

Sir Isaac Newton, who is widely recognized for his commitment to physics and mathematics and his groundbreaking work in mechanics, is one of the greatest scientific minds to have lived. Newton played such a foundational role in the scientific revolution that he is considered by many to be the ‘Father of Modern Science.’ You know that already.

What you don’t know is that Newton devoted less time to science than theology. If you haven’t seen my cursory thoughts on the ‘separation of church and state‘ issue going through them would give this next bit some context.

When you read a book, you start at the beginning. Or, well, you should. If you don’t, the character or author’s motivations, including what led to them, are missed. In the same way, disallowing Christ’s presence in school automatically refuses the recognition of what motivated some of the greatest scientific minds in history, including Mr. Newton’s.

Newton professed his belief in Christ to a great extent during his tenure as a professor at a Christian university and through his written spiritual reflections. Knowing this now, his findings, though of the same result, hold different and greater implications. The most significant is this: his work resulted not to exhibit his intelligence but to magnify his Creator; but because that does not neatly align with “modern scientific thought,” it is either ignored or untaught.

Neither the Christian nor the scientist nor anyone withstanding can denote science and Christianity as incompatible. (Whatever, you already laughed at me once.) Isaac Newton, himself a Christian, stands as one bold point in the antithesis. According to Newton, “He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe in God; but he who really thinks has to believe in God.”

We can take Christianity out of the equation, sure, but with that must come Newton, for faith was his enabler, and one comes not without the other.

“I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.” – C.S.Lewis 

As a student, Taylor Vollmer has realized the value of a dissenting opinion to understanding. Not claiming to be more or less qualified than any other, his studies shed light on things grossly depreciated.

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