By Dr Robert Carter
An aerospace engineer and now professor at Georgia Tech since 1986, Dr Dewey Hodges researched rotorcraft dynamics for the U.S. Army for 16 years where he uncovered ways of simplifying fundamental equations, and reached an inescapable conclusion that a master mathematician created the universe.
"There is an underlying order to the universe, and I especially see that order reflected in the equations I write," Dr Hodges says.
Early on in his career, he and a colleague found some small mistakes in two foundational papers in the field of structural analysis. He recalls that the equations were much longer than they needed to be, and he believes it was no accident that "the final analysis is simpler, and that the underlying interpretation is simpler."
He cites another example of this order when while working with a professor while in graduate school. He published a paper about the equations of motion for helicopter blades.
"It took pages and pages of equations," he recalls, "but in 1990, I discovered a way to write better equations in just a few lines. In 2003, I discovered an even simpler way to write these equations,"
Dr Hodges explains that the reason mathematics works is one evidence of God's existence – and on this topic he recommends James Nickel's book Mathematics: Is God silent?
"If this were a world of random phenomena, with random jiggling of molecules, with no plan or order behind it, why would you be able to predict anything with an equation?
"The fact that you can [make accurate predictions] means there is a connection between our thoughts, which are not the random jiggling of molecules, and the material world."
But why would an all-powerful God create a universe based on simple mathematics?
Dr Hodges says, "I don't know that it is simple as much as it is orderly (which reflects creation by a God of Order). If I have an equation where I can understand every term, I am in a different realm of understanding."
In defense of God's creative genius, he appeals to 'Occam's Razor', a general rule that the simplest answer is often the best one. Furthermore, "We can predict with pinpoint accuracy the path of a projectile. We can send a man to the moon. If the underlying world were not real, if it were an illusion, we would not be able to do that because there would be no link between observation and reality."
Continuing along those lines, "Another option is that the universe came into being on its own, which violates the First Law of Thermodynamics. Or, it has always existed, which violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Or, it was created by an all-wise, intelligent Creator."
Dr Hodges adds that this four-point argument for God as Creator was pioneered by Walter Martin, author of Kingdom of the Cults.
Like many Americans, Dr Hodges grew up in church, but this 'habit' became a conviction after he saw a dramatic change in a former drug addict.
"There was a kid who had grown up in the church but he had left and become a hippie and drug addict and was generally unkempt," he recalls.
But when they met six months later, "He was completely different. He was totally changed. He was happy. He was rational. He was clean-cut."
He explained to Dr Hodges that it was due to Jesus and that He was a real person who lives today.
Later on, when he was alone in his room, Dr Hodges found himself saying, "Lord I want what he has."
Then during a church meeting he finally prayed to God for forgiveness for his past mistakes and ignorance, asking Jesus to come and take first priority in his life. "I was a new creation in Christ Jesus from that moment on," he says joyfully.
After obtaining his Masters in 1970, Dr Hodges was working toward his Ph.D. and employed in the army laboratory at California's prestigious Ames Research Center.
There he became a Biblical creationist after attending a church-run apologetics course that demonstrated the consistency between the Bible and the real world.
As evidenced in his life's work, Dr Hodges says "there is an obvious connection between mathematics and the real world and this is part of design. I feel like I am 'thinking God's thoughts after him'."
That last part was a quote from the famous scientist Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), a devout Christian and creationist who worked out the laws of planetary motion (1609) and who interspersed his scientific writings with praises to God.
Another of Dr Hodges' scientific heroes is the great Swiss mathematician and physicist, Leonhard Euler (1707–1783), who wrote more pages of mathematical physics than any person before or since, and continued his highly productive output even after he became totally blind in 1766. Included in his works is his "Defense of the Divine Revelation against the Objections of the Freethinkers".
During the first lecture of every university class, Dr Hodges introduces himself and concludes with this compelling statement: "The most important thing in my life is that I am a servant of Jesus Christ. There are people on this campus and in this culture who will tell you that you cannot be a good scientist or engineer if you are a Christian. But I am here to tell you that they are wrong."