Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England, is usually considered to be the man primarily responsible for the formulation and establishment of the so-called “scientific method” in science, stressing experimentation and induction from data rather than philosophical deduction in the tradition of Aristotle.

Bacon’s writings are also credited with leading to the founding of the Royal Society of London.

Sir Francis was a devout believer in the Bible. He wrote: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”

Opposite the title page of Darwin’s Origin of Species appears the following quotation:

‘To conclude, therefore, let no man … think or maintain that a man can search too far or be too well studied in the book of God’s word, or in the book of God’s works; divinity or philosophy; but rather let men endeavor an endless progress or proficience in both.’

The author is Francis Bacon, and the quotation is from his 1605 book The Advancement of Learning.Here is the classical statement that there are two ways of understanding the character of God, through the Bible, and through the world he has made.

Evolution the Great Debate, Vernon Blackmore & Andrew Page, Lion Publishing, 1989, p. 22

Ten Boys Who Changed the World

George Muller was a thief when he was younger and spent time in jail for his crimes. Brother Andrew grew up in Holland during the second World War and played tricks on German soldiers. Nicky Cruz grew up in a family where spirit worship was a regular occurrence. He became a very angry young man, out to cause trouble.

John Newton was captured at a young age and forced to join Her Majesty’s Navy, leaving his friends and family behind. What happened to these young boys and how did God make them into men who changed their world? Read how George Muller was finally trusted with millions of pounds. Discover how Brother Andrew grew up to be a smuggler of Bibles. Read how Nicky Cruz was rescued from self-destruction and eventually went on to begin one of the largest youth organisations reaching out to hurt and confused young people throughout the world.

David Livingstone (Missionary in Africa)
Nicky Cruz (Evangelist)
Brother Andrew (Smuggler for God in Communist Countries)
George Muller (Founder of Children’s Homes)
William Carey (Missionary in India)
John Newton (Minister and reformer)
Adoniram Judson (Missionary in Burma)
Billy Graham (Evangelist)
Luis Palau (Evangelist)
Eric Liddell (Athlete and Missionary in China)

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