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The Glory of Creation

March 18, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 1.19.18 AMDid you know that the dastardly, ungodly Big Bang Theory was developed by a Catholic priest?

It was a heck of a Big Bang.  Things like that don’t happen by accident.  I think that is what bothers me so much about creationists.  They are so afraid that their version of God isn’t big enough for the Universe that they limit Him. I don’t know about you, but my version of the Creator is mind-blowing, with infinite possibilities, so all knowing, and all powerful, that He brought forth this amazing Universe, gravitational waves and all! Yet, His eye is on the sparrow!

Episode Two of Neil Tyson‘s remake of Cosmos features natural selection and evolution.  He concentrated on the human eye.  It will be interesting to watch the reaction to his comments about evolution and gravity, that they are proven laws of science.  They are. He approaches evolution almost as a religion.  That’s fine.  What truly awes me is the Glory of Creation.  One of the early astronauts once told me, when you limit creation, when you limit since, you limit God. I think he was right.

I’ve been reading the critiques.  Let’s face it, what Tyson has done, to dare remake one of the great mergers of science, the arts, and humanities, takes courage. It takes nerve. The fact that the remake is not as incredible as the original is not his fault.  Unfortunately, I fear it is a reflection of our culture, or lack there-of.



I’ve been expecting an explosion of outrage because the man had the nerve to approach the taboo subjects of evolution and natural selection.  It is an era where Sequestration has taken its toll on the sciences, with over 1,000 fewer paid researchers than there were a year ago.  This is a disgrace.  Stephen Hawking says we will be living on the moon in 50 years, but these days, I’m not to optimistic.  People don’t give a damn about science or our future.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Or do they?

Maybe this is the right time and place for the great science debate.  Tyson is an excellent heir to the great Carl Sagan.  Perhaps the problem, for many of us, is that you just don’t replace a Carl Sagan.  BUT – if the national conversation about science is any indication of the success of a project, well, the new version may just accomplish what the original one did.

I think the following screenshot may just say it all:

The Wire

The Wire

God does not like to be mocked.

Science and Christianity do blend, beautifully.  Want proof?

  • Albertus Magnus – one of first ‘modern’ scientists
  • Giulio Alenio – astronomer, mathematician
  • José María Algué- invented the barocycolonometer
  • Giovanni Antonelli – helped design the prototype of the internal combustion engine
  • Giuseppe Asclepi – astronomer
  • Roger Bacon – father of modern scientific method
  • Eugenio Barsanti – may have invented the internal combustion engine
  • Bartholomeus Amicus- mathematics, astronomy, and the concept of vacuum
  • Daniello Bartoli – one of first to observe equatorial belts on Jupiter
  • Giacopo Belgrado – mathematics and physics
  • Mario Bettinus – mathematician and astronomer; lunar crater Bettinus named after him
  • Giuseppe Biancani – ditto crater Biancani named after him
  • Paolo Boccone – botanist
  • Anselmus de Boodt – one of founders of mineraology
  • Theodoric Borgognoni – surgeon,  antiseptic practice and anaesthetics
  • Roger Joseph Boscovich – modern atomic theory
  • Thomas Bradwardine- helped develope mean speed theorem
  • Henri Breuil-  archaeologist, anthropologist, ethnologist and geologist
  • Jan Brożek  – polymath, mathematician, astronomer, and physician
  • Louis-Ovide Brunet – one of the founding fathers of Canadian botany
  • Francesco Faà di Bruno –  mathematician
  • Ismaël Bullialdus  –  astronomer, and member of the Royal Society;
  • Jean Buridan  – formulated early ideas of momentum and inertial motion
  • Nicholas Callan – Irish scientist best known for his work on the induction coil
  • Giovanni di Casali  –  provided a graphical analysis of the motion of accelerated bodies
  • Paolo Casati – mathematician who wrote on astronomy and vacuums
  • Benedetto Castelli – wrote an important work on fluids in motion
  • Bonaventura Cavalieri  –  work on the problems of optics and motion,
  • Francesco Cetti – zoologist and mathematician
  • Tommaso Ceva – mathematician  who wrote treatises on geometry, gravity, and arithmetic
  • Christopher Clavius –  Astronomer and mathematician
  • Guy Consolmagno – astronomer and planetary scientist
  • Nicolaus Copernicus – astronomer
  • Vincenzo Coronelli – Franciscan cosmographer, cartographer, encyclopedist, and globe-maker
  • George Coyne –  astronomer
  • James Cullen – mathematician – Cullen numbers in number theory
  • Albert Curtz -o expanded on the works of Tycho Brahe
  • Johann Baptist Cysat -one of the first to make use of  telescope; most important work was on comets
  • Jean-Baptiste Chappe d’Auteroche – astronomer – observations of the transits of Venus
  • Ignazio Danti – mathematician, astronomer, cosmographer, and cartographer
  • Armand David – zoologist, and botanist who did important work in these fields in China
  • Francesco Denza- meteorologist, astronomer,
  • Václav Proko p Diviš -constructed the first electrified musical instrument in history
  • Johann Dzierzon – discovered the phenomenon of parthenogenesis among bees
  • Francesco Faà di Bruno (c. 1825–1888) – Priest and mathematician beatified by Pope John Paul II
  • Honoré Fabri (1607–1688) – Jesuit mathematician and physicist
  • Jean-Charles de la Faille –  determined the center of gravity of the sector of a circle for the first time
  • Gabriele Falloppio -Fallopian tubes, which extend from the uterus to the ovaries, are named for him.
  • Gyula Fényi – astronomer ; noted for his observations of the sun;
  • Louis Feuillée – explorer, astronomer, geographer, and botanist
  • Placidus Fixlmillner – one of the first astronomers to compute the orbit of Uranus
  • Paolo Frisi – mathematician, and astronomer who did significant work in hydraulics
  • José Gabriel Funes – astronomer
  • Joseph Galien – professor who wrote on aeronautics, hailstorms, and airships
  • Jean Gallois (1632–1707) – French scholar, abbot, and member of Academie des sciences
  • Pierre Gassendi – astronomer, published the first data on the transit of Mercury
  • Agostino Gemelli – physician and psychologist
  • Johannes von Gmunden – mathematician, and astronomer who compiled astronomical tables;
  • Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora –  drew the first map of all of New Spain
  • Andrew Gordon- physicist, and inventor who made the first electric motor
  • Christoph Grienberger – verified Galileo’s discovery of Jupiter’s moons.
  • Francesco Maria Grimaldi – discovered the diffraction of light (indeed coined the term “diffraction”),
  • Paul Guldin –  Guldinus theorem to determine the surface and the volume of a solid of revolution
  • Bartolomeu de Gusmão – known for his early work on lighter-than-air airship design
  • René Just Haüy – known as the father of crystallography
  • Lorenz Hengler – credited as the inventor of the horizontal pendulum
  • Hermann of Reichenau – historian, music theorist, astronomer, and mathematician
  • Giovanni Battista Hodierna – catalogued nebulous objects and developed an early microscope
  • Victor-Alphonse Huard – naturalist, educator, writer, and promoter of the natural sciences
  • Athanasius Kircher –   father of Egyptology, 1 firstt people to observe microbes through a microscope
  • Wenceslas Pantaleon Kirwitzer-t astronomer and missionary who published observations of comets
  • Jan Krzysztof Kluk- naturalist agronomist, and entomologist
  • Franz Xaver Kugler –   Assyriologist – noted for  studies of cuneiform tablets & Babylonian astronomy
  • Ramon Llull – philosopher, logician, considered a pioneer of computation theory
  • Nicolas Louis de Lacaille – astronomer noted for cataloguing stars, nebulous  and constellations
  • Eugene Lafont – physicist, astronomer, and founder of the first Scientific Society in India
  • Antoine de Laloubère- first mathematician to study the properties of the helix
  • Bernard Lamy – mathematician who wrote on the parallelogram of forces
  • Pierre André Latreille – entomologist whose works describing insects
  • Georges Lemaître – father of the Big Bang Theory
  • Thomas Linacre – humanist, translator, and physician
  • Jean Mabillon – considered the founder of palaeography and diplomatics
  • James B. Macelwane – seismologist” and “one of the most honored practicioners of the science of all time”; wrote the first textbook on seismology in America.
  • John MacEnery (1797-1841) – Archaeologist who investigated the Palaeolithic remains at Kents Cavern
  • Manuel Magri – ethnographer, archaeologist and writer; one of Malta’s pioneers in archaeology
  • Joseph Maréchal – philosopher and psychologist
  • Edme Mariotte – physicist who recognized Boyle’s Law and wrote about the nature of color
  • Francesco Maurolico made contributions to the fields of geometry, optics, conics, mechanics, music, and astronomy, and gave the first known proof by mathematical induction
  • Christian Mayer – most noted for pioneering the study of binary stars
  • Gregor Mendel – father of genetics
  • Giuseppe Mercalli – volcanologist, and director of the Vesuvius Observatory who is best remembered today for his Mercalli scale for measuring earthquakes which is still in use
  • Marin Mersenne – mathematician, and music theorist who is often referred to as the “father of acoustics”
  • Paul of Middelburg – wrote important works on the reform of the calendar
  • Landell de Moura – first to accomplish the transmission of the human voice by a wireless machine
  • Gabriel Mouton mathematician, astronomer, and early proponent of the metric system
  • Jozef Murgaš – wireless telegraphy & mobile commun. & wireless trans. of info and human voice
  • José Celestino Mutis- botanist, and mathematician who led the Royal Bot.Exped. of the New World
  • Nicholas of Cusa – philosopher, jurist, mathematician, astronomer, and one of the great geniuses and polymaths of the 15th century
  • Julius Nieuwland – known for his contributions to acetylene research and its use as the basis for one type of synthetic rubber, which eventually led to the invention of neoprene by DuPont
  • Jean-Antoine Nollet – physicist who discovered the phenomenon of osmosis in natural membranes
  • Hugo Obermaier – prehistorian, and anthropologist who is known for his work on the diffusion of mankind in Europe during the Ice Age, as well as his work with north Spanish cave art
  • William of Ockham (c. 1288 – c. 1348) – Franciscan Scholastic who wrote significant works on logic, physics, and theology; known for Ockham’s Razor
  • Nicole Oresme – One of the most famous and influential philosophers of the later Middle Ages; economist, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, philosopher,  competent translator; one of the most original thinkers of the 14th century
    Barnaba Oriani – astronomer and scientist whose greatest achievement was his detailed research of the planet Uranus, and is also known for Oriani’s theorem
  • Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc – astromer who discovered the Orion Nebula; lunar crater Peirescius named in his honor
  • Stephen Joseph Perry – astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Society; made frequent observations of Jupiter’s satellites, of stellar occultations, of comets, of meteorites, of sun spots, and faculae
  • Giuseppe Piazzi – mathematician and astronomer who discovered Ceres, today known as the largest member of the asteroid belt; also did important work cataloguing stars
  • Jean Picard – first person to measure the size of the Earth to a reasonable degree of accuracy; also developed what became the standard method for measuring the right ascension of a celestial object; The PICARD mission, an orbiting solar observatory, is named in his honor
  • Edward Pigot – seismologist and astronomer
  • Alexandre Guy Pingré – astronomer and naval geographer; the crater
  • Pingré on the Moon is named after him, as is the asteroid 12719 Pingré
  • Andrew Pinsent – current research includes the application of insights from autism and social cognition to ‘second-person’ accounts of moral perception and character formation. His previous scientific research contributed to the DELPHI experiment at CERN
  • Jean Baptiste François Pitra –  archaeologist and theologian who noteworthy for his great archaeological discoveries
  • Charles Plumier  considered one of the most important botanical explorers of his time
  • Franz Reinzer – wrote an in-depth meteorological, astrological, and political compendium covering topics such as comets, meteors, lightning, winds, fossils, metals, bodies of water, and subterranean treasures and secrets of the earth
  • Louis Rendu – wrote an important book on the mechanisms of glacial motion; the Rendu Glacier, Alaska, U.S. and Mount Rendu, Antarctica are named for him
  • Giovanni Battista Riccioli – astronomer who authored Almagestum novum, an influential encyclopedia of astronomy; The first person to measure the rate of acceleration of a freely falling body; created a selenograph  that now adorns the entrance at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
  • Richard of Wallingford – renowned clockmaker, and one of the initiators of western trigonometry
  • Johannes Ruysch – explorer, cartographer, and astronomer who created the second oldest known printed representation of the New World
  • Johannes de Sacrobosco – astronomer who wrote the authoritative medieval astronomy text Tractatus de Sphaera; his Algorismus was the first text to introduce Hindu-Arabic numerals and procedures into the European university curriculum; the lunar crater Sacrobosco is named after him
  • Gregoire de Saint-Vincent- mathematician who made important contributions to the study of the hyperbola
  • Alphonse Antonio de Sarasa – mathematician who contributed to the understanding of logarithms
  • Christoph Scheiner- physicist, astronomer, and inventor of the pantograph; wrote on a wide range of scientific subjects
  • Wilhelm Schmidt – linguist, anthropologist, and ethnologist.
  • Gaspar Schott – physicist, astronomer, and natural philosopher who is most widely known for his works on hydraulic and mechanical instruments
  • Berthold Schwarz – reputed inventor of gunpowder and firearms
  • Anton Maria Schyrleus of Rheita – astronomer and optrician who built Kepler’s telescope
  • George Mary Searle – astronomer and professor who discovered six galaxies
  • Angelo Secchi –  pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, and one of the first scientists to state authoritatively that the sun is a star
  • Alessandro Serpieri – astronomer, and seismologist who studied shooting stars, and was the first to introduce the concept of the seismic radiant
  • Lazzaro Spallanzani – biologist, and physiologist who made important contributions to the experimental study of bodily functions, animal reproduction, and essentially discovered echolocation; his research of biogenesis paved the way for the investigations of Louis Pasteur
  • Nicolas Steno –  often called the father of geology and stratigraphy, and is known for Steno’s principles
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  paleontologist and geologist who took part in the discovery of Peking Man
  • Francesco Lana de Terzi  referred to as the Father of Aviation & for his pioneering efforts; he also developed a blind writing alphabet prior to Braille.
  • Theodoric of Freiberg – physicist who gave the first correct geometrical analysis of the rainbow
  • Giuseppe Toaldo – physicist who studied atmospheric electricity and did important work with lightning rods; the asteroid 23685 Toaldo is named for him.
  • Basil Valentine – alchemist whom author James J. Walsh calls the father of modern chemistry[11]
  • Luca Valerio – mathematician who developed ways to find volumes and centers of gravity of solid bodies
  • Ferdinand Verbiest  designed what some claim to be the first ever self-propelled vehicle – many claim this as the world’s first automobile
  • Francesco de Vico-  astronomer who discovered or co-discovered a number of comets; also made observations of Saturn and the gaps in its rings; the lunar crater De Vico and the asteroid 20103 de Vico are named after him
  • Vincent of Beauvais – wrote the most influential encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
  • Martin Waldseemüller – cartographer who, along with Matthias Ringmann, is credited with the first recorded usage of the word America
  • Godefroy Wendelin- astronomer who recognized that Kepler’s third law applied to the satellites of Jupiter; the lunar crate Vendelinus is named in his honor
  • Johannes Werner -, mathematician, astronomer, and geographer
  • Witelo – physicist, natural philosopher, and mathematician; lunar crater Vitello named in his honor; his Perspectiva powerfully influenced later scientists, in particular Johannes Kepler
  • Julian Tenison Woods – geologist and mineralogist
  • Theodor Wulf – physicist who was one of the first experimenters to detect excess atmospheric radiation

Now, you want to know why so many of us cried foul when Neil Tyson featured discredited and executed former Catholic monk, Giordano Bruno as a hero of modern science, who was destroyed because he advocated and embraced freedom of thought.  The idea was to show the Catholic Church and Christians as completely against science.  His intellectual dishonesty has truly tainted what should be a triumph.

There is a reason why only men are listed here.  Every single individual on this list has taken or took Holy Orders within the Catholic Church.  All were Christians. None of them had problems being a Christian and being a scientist.  Every single one of them was religious.  They took their scientific studies quiet seriously – to prove the glory of creation!

Both sides of the debate Neil Tyson, Bill Nye, and the creationists should all be ashamed of themselves.





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