By Johnny O. Trail — On March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking died. After his passing, his remains were cremated, and his ashes were buried between Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. It seems ironically fitting that his remains would be placed between a brilliant scientist who believed in God and a man who stole another’s research and established the framework for evolutionary theory.
Newton believed in God and his belief informed his study of science. It is strange to think that this man who was lauded for his great scientific mind, wrote more about theology than science. One writer avers, “For Newton the world of science was by no means the whole of life. He spent more time on theology than on science; indeed, he wrote about 1.3 million words on biblical subjects. Yet this vast legacy lay hidden from public view for two centuries until the auction of his nonscientific writings in 1936.” To put it mildly, Newton was a believer.
Contrariwise, Darwin was a quasi-scientist who stole much of his research from a contemporary and co-opted it for his own. Many are surprised to learn that Darwin was originally a creationist who believed every word of the Bible. One biographer writes, Continue reading