Relevant Pioneer Quotes

johannes-kepler-1“Geometry is unique and eternal, a reflection from the mind of God. That mankind shares in it is because man is an image of God.”
– Johannes Kepler, an Open Letter to Galileo (1610)

“Great is God our Lord, great is His power and there is no end to His wisdom. Praise Him you heavens, glorify Him, sun and moon and you planets. For out of Him and through Him, and in Him are all things….. We know, oh, so little. To Him be the praise, the honor and the glory from eternity to eternity.”
– Johannes Kepler, The Harmony of the World (1619)

“The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.
– Johannes Kepler, New Astronomy (1609)

“I give myself over to my rapture. I tremble; my blood leaps. God has waited 6000 years for a looker-on to His work.”
– Johannes Kepler, The Harmony of the World (1619)


1.  Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) was one of the greatest mathematicians and astronomers to ever live

  • Kepler made important headway into the field of optics
  • His publication Stereometrica Doliorum formed the basis of integral calculus
  • He also made important advances in geometry 1

2.  He founded celestial mechanics which established the laws of planetary motion around the sun 2

3.  He also came close to reaching the Newtonian concept of universal gravity – long before Newton was born 3

4.  His concepts of Force as it related to astronomical bodies forever changed the course of astronomy and set it on its present path

5.  The Bible is accurate in its mathematics 4


galileo“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe.”  – Galileo Galilei, The Assayer (1623)

1.  Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) often called the “Father of Modern Science” because of his emphasis on experimentation

  • He discovered the laws of inertia, falling bodies (including parabolic trajectories), and the pendulum
  • He seems to have anticipated Einstein’s special relativity  5

2.  Galileo was a brilliant inventor: he conceived of the pendulum clock, he developed a new type of pump, as well as sophisticated telescopes, thermometers, hydrostatic balances, and even cannons 6

3.  As an astronomer, he discovered Jupiter’s Moons and provided a natural clock that allowed universal time to be determined by telescope anywhere on Earth 7

4.  Galileo is also responsible for a number of early discoveries with microscope 8

5.  The Bible is accurate in its mathematics 9


john-lennoxMainstream Christianity will insist that faith and evidence are inseparable. Indeed, faith is a response to evidence, not a rejoicing in the absence of evidence. The apostle Paul says what many pioneers of modern science believed, that nature itself is part of the evidence for the existence of God ,‘ Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. So that men are without an excuse.”
– John Lennox (as cited on Poached Egg website)

1.  John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

2.  He is also an adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum.

3.  In addition, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program at the Executive Education Centre, said Business School, Oxford University.

4.  The Bible is accurate in its mathematics 10



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