Christianity Contributions: Science employed (Part 4)

As we close out this month’s blogs on the benefits that Christianity brought to the world in terms of scientific advancement, let’s focus on chemistry and medicine.  Some of the great contributors in these fields are well known to us; others are unfamiliar.  All of them were Christian.

Robert Boyle’s (1627-1691) work in chemistry earned him the title, “the father of chemistry.”  Another “father” was John Dalton (1766-1844).  He was known as the “father of atomic theory.”  George Washington Carver (1864-1943) did extensive work with plants, and discovered over 400 by-products of peanuts and sweet potatoes

The development of medicine was aided by the monks at the Abbey of Monte-Cassino, Italy (528 AD).  They were the first to scientifically study the healing process and the addition of medicine to foster the recovery of the patient.  Eventually, these observations spread to other parts of Europe.

Paracelsus (1493-1541) was the first to discover that illness came from outside the body.  Later, Ambroise Pare (1510-1590) was the first to do surgery with the aid of sutures.  Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) discovered bacteria, and Joseph Lister (1827-1912) developed antiseptics.  As we have seen throughout this series of blogs, Christians were not and are not anti-science.  They believed that an orderly world came from a Divine Creator, and that this world could be studied, recorded, and known.

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