reply to post by Snsoc
Your entire OP and premise is completely wrong and misled and ill advised,
The default for "smart people" is atheism?
All Christians, or most Christians, are dumb?
I have a well-above average IQ and I was a certified Terminal Radar Approach Controller in the United States Air Force, my daily job was to
communicate to pilots of multimillion dollar US military jet aircraft what vectors and what altitudes to fly their crafts at, where to go and what to
do, do you know anything about Air Traffic Control or the academics one must go through to attain certification to even speak to a live Military
Let me show you something;
here is a TINY, TINY list of Christian Intellectuals who have lived in the past century and/or are currently living,
I could find MILLIONS more examples if you would like, there are HUNDREDS of MILLIONS Currently living, and since Christianity was founded 2,000 years
ago, BILLIONS have lived, thank you VERY MUCH and God bless you!
2001–today (21st century)
Interest in the relationship between science and religion has increased in recent decades due to continued controversies and recognition from awards
like the Templeton Prize.
Name Reason for inclusion
Sir Robert Boyd (1922–2004) A pioneer in British space science who was Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society. He lectured on faith being
a founder of the "Research Scientists' Christian Fellowship" and an important member of its predecessor Christians in Science. He was connected to
the University College London which is shown here in an old drawing.
(1943–2005) A Nobel Laureate in Chemistry known for buckyballs. In his last years he renewed an interest in Christianity and supported Intelligent
(1938–2006) He had doctorates in both physics and philosophy. He belonged to the European Association for the Study of Science and Theology and
also received a Templeton Foundation prize for his work in the area of science and religion. The picture is from the University of Navarra where
(1924–2006) Anglican priest and biochemist, his ideas may have influenced Anglican and Lutheran views of evolution. Winner of the 2001 Templeton
Prize. He was a Dean at Clare College, Cambridge, which is pictured.
C. F. von Weizsäcker
(1912–2007) German nuclear physicist who is the co-discoverer of the Bethe-Weizsäcker formula. His The Relevance of Science: Creation and
Cosmogony concerned Christian and moral impacts of science. He headed the Max Planck Society from 1970 to 1980. After that he retired to be a
(1924–2009) Benedictine priest and Distinguished Professor of Physics at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, who won a Templeton Prize and advocated
the idea modern science could only have arisen in a Christian society.
(1926–2010) An astronomer who did not really study Christianity until after age forty. He wrote the article A Scientist Reflects on Religious
Belief and made discoveries concerning the Cigar Galaxy which is pictured.
(1924–2011) Ordained in 1949 as a catholic priest, McMullin was a philosopher of science who taught at the University of Notre Dame. McMullin wrote
on the relationship between cosmology and theology, the role of values in understanding science, and the impact of science on Western religious
thought, in books such as Newton on Matter and Activity (1978) and The Inference that Makes Science (1992). He was also an expert on the life of
Galileo. McMullin also opposed intelligent design and defended theistic evolution.
(1919-2012) A Catholic surgeon who pioneered transplant surgery. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990.
This section concerns significant Christian thinkers in science who are alive today. Those who lead organizations of Christians in science or who
write works concerning how Christians of today respond to science.
Name Reason for inclusion
Charles Hard Townes
(born 1915) In 1964 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics and in 1966 he wrote The Convergence of Science and Religion. The picture is of Townes with Dr.
Roderic Pettigrew, Townes is on the right.
(born 1923) Physicist who wrote Christianity and the Scientists in 1960, and When Science Meets Religion ISBN 0-06-060381-X in 2000. For years he
taught at Carleton College, hence their observatory is pictured.
(born 1923) He has won the Lorentz Medal, the Max Planck Medal, and the Lewis Thomas Prize. He also ranked 25th in The 2005 Global Intellectuals
Poll. He has won the Templeton Prize and delivered one of the Gifford Lectures.
(born 1924) Antony Hewish is a British Radio Astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 (together with Martin Ryle) for his work on the
development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars. He was also awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical
Society in 1969. Hewish is a Christian. Hewish also wrote in his introduction to John Polkinghorne's 2009 Questions of Truth, "The ghostly
presence of virtual particles defies rational common sense and is non-intuitive for those unacquainted with physics. Religious belief in God, and
Christian belief ... may seem strange to common-sense thinking. But when the most elementary physical things behave in this way, we should be prepared
to accept that the deepest aspects of our existence go beyond our common-sense understanding."
Richard H. Bube
(born 1927) He is an emeritus professor of the material sciences at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Scientific
(born 1929) Werner Arber is a Swiss microbiologist and geneticist. Along with American researchers Hamilton Smith and Daniel Nathans, Werner Arber
shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction endonucleases. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Arber as
President of the Pontifical Academy—the first Protestant to hold that position.
(born 1929) Italian nuclear physicist and former President of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare. He has worked with the Vatican on relations
between the Church and Science.
(born 1930) British particle physicist and Anglican priest who wrote Science and the Trinity (2004) ISBN 0-300-10445-6. Winner of the 2002 Templeton
(born 1930) Mennonite astronomer who went to Goshen College and Harvard. An old picture of Goshen is shown. Mr. Gingerich has written about people of
faith in science history.
John T. Houghton
(born 1931) He is the co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and won a gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society. He's also
former Vice President of Christians in Science.
(born 1931) British particle physicist who has written several books on the relationship between religion and science, such as Science and the
Renewal of Belief, Grounds for Reasonable Belief and Doing Away With God?.
(born 1933) George V. Coyne, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, astronomer, and former director of the Vatican Observatory and head of the observatory’s
research group which is based at the U