Scientific “Christian” American

“Did you know that Scientific American, a popular science magazine, was founded by a staunch believer in creation – the artist and inventor Rufus Porter (1792-1884), who thought that science glorified the Creator God. He wrote in the very first issue of Scientific American, 1845, an astonishing article, “Rational Religion,” which bluntly declares that we all depend on the Creator God, who revealed himself in Holy Scripture. Rufus Porter’s godly admonition is worthy of rereading:

“First, then, let us, as rational creatures, be ever ready to acknowledge God as our Creator and daily Preserver; and that we are each of us individually dependant on his special care and good will towards us, in supporting the wonderful action of nature which constitutes our existence; and in preserving us from the casualties, to which our complicated and delicate structure is liable. Let us also, knowing our entire dependence on Divine Benevolence, as rational creatures, do ourselves the honor to express personally and frequently, our thanks to Him for His goodness; and to present our petitions to Him for the favours which we constantly require. This course is rational, even without the aid of revelation: but being specially invited to this course, by the divine word, and assured of the readiness of our Creator to answer our prayers and recognize our thanks, it is truly surprising that any rational being, who has ever read the inspired writings should willingly forego this privilege, or should be ashamed to be seen engaged in this rational employment, or to have it known that he practices it.”

from Refuting Evolution 2 by Jonathan Sarfati, pp. 12-13


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