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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.
C. Michael Patton from Reclaiming the Mind and Credo House has written a great little book to help new believers become disciples – Now That I'm a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus. I say "little" book not to demean it or even because it's that much briefer than other books, but because it's not intimidating.
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.
Paul Brand was born to missionary parents in India. He became a surgeon in England and returned to India to care for leprosy patients. Dr. Brand's insight was that the damage to patients' limbs was not due to the disease, but injury that they never felt beause the disease dulled their nerves. He established the New Life Center in India, which was a village setting for leprosy patients. "This [kind of residential setting] helped dispel the stigma that was so prevalent even among medical professionals.
Elizabeth Fry was a British Quaker Christian who led the movement for prison reform in the 19th century. She was also the driving force behind reform legislation.
Arthur Guinness founded the Guinness Brewing Co. in 1755. He learned the art of brewing from his father and succeeded in establising a flourishing company. Arthur, a committed Christian, used his influence and wealth to help others. In 1759, Arthur moved to Dublin. There he found an abandoned brewery at St. James’ Gate, for rent for £100 down and £45 per year. Arthur somehow managed to get the owner to agree to a lease for up to 9,000 years on these terms, and so Arthur opened his new brewery in Dublin.
Christians have been at the forefront of building hospitals and providing care for the sick for centuries.
Rev. Benjamin Waugh worked to establish protection for children's rights and welfare in 19th century London. He was a Congregationalist pastor working in Greenwich when he became appalled at the deprivation children suffered. After witnessing the levels of deprivation and child cruelty in Greenwich, London where he lived, Waugh's urgent priority was to draw public and government attention to the plight of children.
Eliza Bridgman's lifelong ambition was to be a missionary. She began her work in China in 1844. Over the course of her career, she founded school for girls in Shanghai and Peking, giving opportunities for young women who otherwise would have ended up as prostitutes, in forced labor, or starving. Her school in Peking eventually became part of Yenching University, one of the first Chinese universities.
Timothy Richard was a Welsh-born missionary to China in 1870. He found it effective to immerse himself in Chinese culture to gain credibility for the Gospel message. He was also influential in bringing humanitarian relief to the Chinese during regular famines and taught the Chinese ways of avoiding future famine.