Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 27, 2011

4. Famous Thinkers – Theologian Testifies for Creation

What renowned theologian believed in a Creator and wrote this?

“He has displayed His perfection in the whole structure of the universe. So He is constantly in our view and we cannot open our eyes without being made to see Him. His nature is incomprehensible, far beyond all human thought, but His glory is etched on His creation so brightly, clearly, and gloriously that no one, however obtuse and illiterate, can plead ignorance as an excuse.”

This French theologian and pastor served primarily in Switzerland and was one of the bulwarks of the Protestant Reformation. He wrote commentaries on most of the books of the Bible and was an indefatigable apologist for Christianity. Who was he?

The above quote from this man continues:

“…Because the glory of His power and wisdom is more ablaze in the heavens, it is frequently called His palace. Wherever you look, there is no part of the world however small that does not show at least some glimmer of beauty; it is impossible to gaze at the vast expanse of the universe without being overwhelmed by such tremendous beauty…The superb structure of the world acts as a sort of mirror in which we may see God, who would otherwise be invisible…However, although the display which God gives of Himself and His eternal kingdom is brightly reflected in the mirror of creation, we are so stupid and dim that we deserve no benefit from them. How few of us, as we look up to the skies or around at the earth, ever think of the Creator! We tend to overlook Him and content ourselves with simply looking at the creation…Creation lights up all these bright lamps to demonstrate the glory of the Creator to us, all in vain. Although they shine on us from every direction, they are quite insufficient in themselves to lead us into the right way. They do, undoubtedly, throw out some sparks, but these are put out before they can give a brighter glow.”

Portrait of John Calvin by Titian

This passage appears in The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (1509–1564). (cf. abridged version edited by Tony Lane and Hillary Osborne, pp 32f.)

Similarly, John Calvin wrote:

“It is no small honour that God for our sake has so magnificently adorned the world, in order that we may not only be spectators of this beauteous theatre, but also enjoy the multiplied abundance and variety of good things which are presented to us in it.”
Works (1844) edited by the Calvin translation society, as quoted in Reformed Spirituality: An Introduction for Believers (1991) by Howard L. Rice, p. 59

“For astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.”
Calvin, Commentary on the Book of Genesis, Chapter I

The famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) praised Calvin:

“Among all those who have been born of women, there has not risen a greater than John Calvin; no age before him ever produced his equal, and no age afterwards has seen his rival. In theology, he stands alone, shining like a bright fixed star, while other leaders and teachers can only circle round him, at a great distance – as comets go streaming through space – with nothing like his glory or his permanence.”
The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon, Compiled from His Diaries, Letters, and Records by His Wife and His Private Secretary, 1899, Fleming H. Revell, Vol. 2, (1854–1860), p. 372.

Like Paul in Romans 1:19-20, Calvin believed the existence of a Creator was clearly displayed in creation. Following Paul, Calvin said, that it is so clear that no one has an excuse, no matter how “obtuse and illiterate” he may be.

The common evidence in nature that everyone see is irrefutable proof of a Creator. It is undeniable because the testimony comes from so many different directions, extremes, and entities–from the smallest to the largest. Those who deny Him are being “dumb on purpose.” The only sensible explanation for creation is that of a Creator and Designer.

The arrogance and hubris of today where man thinks he’s so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator is an anomaly of history. The vast majority of mankind throughout history has known that there must have been a Creator.

Belief in a Creator is common sense based on looking at what has been created, just as the Apostle Paul (Acts 1:18-23), President Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, John Calvin, and innumerable others have argued. These men believed in a Creator and Intelligent Designer. None would have been fooled by the evolutionism that fools so many intellectuals today. The vast majority of mankind throughout history has known that there must be a Creator.

Charles Darwin, who published his infamous tome in 1859, would have done well to have listened to this argument from design. Today’s intellectuals would also do well to pay heed to the compelling arguments these thinkers have presented.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the fourth installment in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men of the past who believed in a Creator.
Read the prequels:
1. Famous Thinkers – Former U.S. President Supports Intelligent Design
2. Famous Thinkers – Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
3. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Supports Intelligent Design

Read the sequel:
5. Famous Thinkers – Rocket Scientist Supports Intelligent Design

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Saturday August 27, 2011 A.D.

Read my August 2011 newspaper column:
Ark Encounter Park.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)

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