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George Cuvier – Zoologist, Biologist, and Christian

George Cuvier launched modern vertebrate paleontology. He originated the major classification of living things based on the nervous system: Vertebrata, Articulata, Mollusca, and Radiata. He also proved persuasively that animals did go extinct, which was doubted at the time. He was a Christian who believed God had created the world with all the variety of living things and that all modern species descended from their original pairs.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 29, 2014

Father of Modern Taxonomy

You've seen plants referred to by their scientific names, such as Rosa rubiginosa. That form of naming plants and other living things was introduced by a Christian who was a scientist named Carolus Linnaeus. He was born in Sweden in 1707 to a Lutheran pastor. He showed interest in nature from his childhood, and eventually pursued science at the University of Uppsala.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 22, 2014

Science, Purpose, and Design

William Harvey was a physician and scientist in the 16th and 17th centuries who was the first to demonstrate how the circulatory system worked. He described how the arteries, veins, valves, lungs, and heart worked to circulate blood – and he was amazed at God's design and purpose in the systems of the body. He enjoyed studying how God had made things to work.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 15, 2014

Science, a Worthy Christian Vocation

"For some, the wonder may be that a monk contributed anything at all to science. Don't people in monasteries spend all their time praying, singing, and fighting off dirty thoughts? Not so the friars of the St.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | May 8, 2014

Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution

It's funny that many secularists believe that Christian myths about Jesus evolved over time until they were written down generations later. This is the thesis in Bart Ehrman's latest book. It's not accurate. It's funny because there are things believed by some of the same secularists that actually are myths that evolved over time to create the impression that Christianity is a science stopper and anti-intellectual.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | May 1, 2014

Unparallels

Denny Burk makes a careful and important point why the NBA/Sterling case is not like the Mozilla/Eich case. While the concerns for precedents being set and used illegitimately in the future are a valid concern, we still need to make careful distinctions when there are relevant differences. Burk quotes Andrew Sullivan on how actually saying and doing racist things is quite different than holding principled views and supporting them politically. 

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 30, 2014

No-Fault Divorce Led to Confusion about Marriage

This article caught my eye – a movement to change no-fault divorce laws. We began tinkering with traditional marriage decades ago, and some of the force behind the case for same-sex marriage is drawn from ideas introduced to make divorce easier in the 60s. One of the key ideas: Marriage is about love.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 26, 2014

Totally Dedicated to Science and Religion

Einstein said of Michael Faraday "that he, of all people, had made the greatest change in our conception of reality." He was one of the most famous scientists of his time.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 24, 2014

Dr. Rambo

Victor Rambo spent his career restoring sight to the blind in India, physically and spiritually. He was born to missionary parents, studied medicine in the U.S., and returned to India for the rest of his career. He trained students and developed mobile eye clinics that would go to the villages to help prevent blindness and restore sight. His success rate was comparable to that in the U.S. at the time. He told his patients before treatment that they were being healed in the name of Jesus.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 17, 2014

Heaven Is for Real

The movie based on the book releases this week. Since this child's account of his near death experience is consistent with Christianity, it may be tempting for Christians to find this story encouraging. But we've got to be careful accepting people's experiences as confirmation of the truth of Christianity. People of other faiths and no faith have near death experiences that are quite different and supposedly teach us things that are inconsistent with Christianity. So if you take some experiences as reliable testimony, how do you counter the others?

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | April 15, 2014