Christian History Institute’s “It Happened Today,” focuses on the founding of the Royal Society on this day, November 28, in 1660.
The Royal Society was the first scientific society known to history and several of its most notable members were devout Christians. The real driver behind the society was John Wilkins, who later became a bishop. Among the founding members were Christopher Wren, a man of solid religious convictions, John Willis, a staunch Church of England man, and Robert Boyle, well known for his faith and faith-based charities. Boyle had begun to study science to relieve the tension he saw between the natural philosophy of his day and his faith. He reasoned, “If the omniscient author of nature knew that the study of his works tends to make men disbelieve his Being or Attributes, he would not have given them so many invitations to study and contemplate Nature.”
Rodney Stark’s book, The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, gives some of the reasons that are innate to Christianity which led to human advancement. All religions are not alike! The Western world is debtor to the Christian worldview as little as it is recognized by the academy today.