Nudge

by Karl Faase

Motivation of first scientists

There is much commentary from the New Atheists suggesting that no serious scientist could believe in God or be a Christian. The general public are fed the line that rational scientists do not believe in God because science gives them all the answers.

Has that always been the case?

Rodney Stark researched the 52 most important scientists who pioneered the scientific revolution from 1543. He found from extensive research all but two of these scientists had a belief in God. Even more importantly, of these 52 individuals, 60% of them were actually devout Christians, both Protestant and Catholic.

The divide between science and faith is a relatively recent occurrence generated not from science but from pre-formed atheistic world views using a blinkered naturalistic view of science to bolster their position. There is no reason to suggest science creates atheism.

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