Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Robert Boyle, Christian Chemist

Check out a short or long bio of Christian chemist Robert Boyle.  Sure, he invented Boyle's Law.  But he also began what would later be known as the Royal Society of London, and advanced the cause of atoms everywhere with his book The Sceptical Chymist.  His writings show that he resolutely believed in Christ, and even endowed a series of Boyle Lectures to fund apologetics after his death.  He sponsored the translation of the Bible into languages including Gaelic and several American Indian tongues.  In his book The Christian Virtuoso he put forward his view that Genesis 1:28 is God's command to us to study and subdue nature.  Of Christianity he wrote, "The Christian Religion brings mankind diverse positive Benefits, such as are, more cleare and extensive knowledg of God, and divine things; the Remission of Sins; the Favour of God; severall graces and vertues suitable to mens respective needs and conditions; and above all, a happy Immortality in the Life to come. (Boyle Papers [BP] 5:73-4; BOA §3.7.4, p 301; referenced online here.)"  Bob Boyle: great Christian, great chemist.

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