“For it became him (referring to God)* who created them (ie, physical matter)* to set them in order. And if he did so, it’s unphilosophical to seek for any other Origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of Chaos by the mere laws of Nature, though being once form’d it may continue by those laws for many Ages.”
He concluded this book by saying,
“In this third Book I have only begun the analysis of what remains to be discover’d about Light and its Effects upon the Frame of Nature, hinting several things about it, and leaving the Hints to be examin’d and improv’d by farther Experiments and Observations of such as are inquisitive. And if natural Philosophy in all its Parts, by pursuing this Method, shall at length be perfected, the Bounds of Moral Philosophy will be also enlarged. For so far as we can know by natural Philosophy what is the first Cause, what Power he has over us, and what benefits we receive from him, so far our Duty towards him, as well as that towards one another, will appear to us by the Light of nature. And no doubt, if the worship of false Gods had not blinded the Heathen, their moral Philosophy would have gone farther than to the four Cardinal Virtues; and instead of teaching the Transmigration of Souls, and to worship the Sun and Moon, and dead Heroes, they would have taught us to worship our true Author and Benefactor, as their Ancestors did under the Government of Noah and his Sons before they corrupted themselves.”
Newton, I., Opticks, 3rd ed., London, 1721, pp. 377–378, 381–382.
Robert Boyle (1627–1691), the renowned chemist stated,
“By embracing the corpuscular or mechanical philosophy, I am far from supposing, with the Epicureans, that, atoms accidentally meeting in an infinite vacuum, were able of themselves, to produce a world, and all its phenomena: nor do I suppose, when God had put into the whole mass of matter, an invariable quantity of motion, he needed do no more to make the universe, the material parts being able, by their own unguided motions, to throw themselves into a regular system. … God, indeed, gave motion to matter, but that, in the beginning, he so guided the various motions of the parts of it, as to contrive them into the world he design’d they should compose; and established those rules of motion, and that order amongst things corporeal, which we call the laws of Nature.”
Boyle, R., “The Excellence and Grounds of the Mechanical Philosophy”, in The Philosophical Works of the Honourable Robert Boyle, P.S. Law (ed.), 2nd ed., London, 1725, vol. 1, p. 187.
Louis Pasteur, the great chemist (Now I would say biochemist*) (1860) argued strongly against spontaneous generation (a necessary concept for evolution). In his book on molecular asymmetry he stated,
“But I regard as necessary the conclusion that asymmetric forces exist at the moment of the elaboration of natural organic products (biosynthesis)*: forces which, would be absent or ineffectual in the reactions of our laboratories (ie, the conditions of spontaneous generation)* …
Pasteur, L., Researches on the Molecular Asymmetry of Natural Organic Products, William F. Clay, Edinburgh, 1897, p. 43 (reprint and translation from the original Lecons de Chimie professees en 1860, Paris, 1861).
.He also expressed a faith in God by commenting,“The more I know the more does my faith approach that of a Breton peasant. Could I but know all, I would have the faith of Breton peasant woman.”
Quoted by Morris, H.M., Men of Science, Men of God, Creation-Life Publishers, 1982, pp.35,46,84,110,117 *Added by JGL.
In 1883 Lord Kelvin, the great physicist who continually confronted evolutionary teachings (but probably did not accept Genesis literally), made the statement
“with regards to the origin of life, science … positively affirms creative power.”
ibid H Morris article.
In another place he commented,
“It is also impossible to conceive either the beginning or the continuance of life , without an overruling creative power and, therefore, no conclusions of dynamic science can be held to give dispiriting views as to the destiny of the race of intelligent beings by which it is at present inhabited.”He also presented evidence (cooling of the earth) which indicated a limit for the age of the earth far less than that desired by evolutionists.
Thomson, W. and Tait, P.G., Treatise on Natural Philosophy, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1883, vol I, Part II, p. 486.
See article "The Religious Nature of Evolution Theory and Its Attack on Christianity" 1985 (Please note that I no longer call evolution a theory but a worldview as it is falsified when tested. See articles under creation-evolution on this site.)