Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 27, 2014

35. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 18 – John O’Keefe

Complex designs require a Designer to produce them. This is the Argument from Design, a powerful argument for the existence of God that has convinced countless people throughout history. It is also used throughout the Bible.

Evolutionists promote the view that scientists support Evolutionism and reject evidence for design. But this is false. Many eminent scientists accept the Argument from Design. This article and its prequels/sequels present quotations from a number of prominent scientists who have been convinced by the Argument from Design.

NASA astronomer John O'Keefe

NASA astronomer John O’Keefe

John O’Keefe

Astronomer John O’Keefe (1916-2000) began his career during WW II with the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a geodesist He worked on producing better maps for the war effort. In 1958 he left the Army Map Service to join NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he stayed until retirement in 1995.

O’Keefe is credited with the discovery of the “pear-shaped earth.” The earth is not a sphere, as it bulges near the equator and is flattened at the poles. Moreover, O’Keefe deduced from perturbations of satellite orbits that the bulge is in the southern hemisphere, slightly south of the equator. This results in a slightly pear-shaped earth and a larger surface area for the southern hemisphere than for the northern one.

O’Keefe’s scientific understanding of the universe led him to conclude that it was created. He said,

“We are, by astronomical standards, a pampered, cosseted, cherished group of creatures … If the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.”
(Quoted in F. Heeren, Show Me God, Searchlight Publications, 1995, p. 200.)

NASA Astronomer John O’Keefe recognized the signs of design in the universe. He implicitly used the Argument from Design to conclude there must be a Creator.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Did belief in a Creator handicap Dr. O’Keefe’s scientific research? Did it interfere with his discovery of the earth’s pear shape?
  2. How would you answer someone who says that rejecting evolution is a backward position that impedes a scientist?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 35th article in the Evidence for God series that discusses the question,
“Is There Evidence for God?” This is the 18th article in the sub-series on eminent scientists who have been convinced of creation through the Design Argument.
Read the prequels:
1. Evidence for God – Can You Answer a 6th-Grader?
2. Evidence for God – Design
3. Evidence for God – Experience
4. Evidence for God – Can You Prove God Exists?
5. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Simple
6. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Logical
7. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Biblical
8. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Old Testament
9. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – New Testament
10. Evidence for God – Stephen King & the Argument from Design
11. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz
12. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 1
13. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 2
14. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 3
15. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 1 – Ben Franklin
16. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 2 – Isaac Newton
17. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 3 – Johann Kepler
18. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 4 – Robert Boyle
19. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 5 – Albert Einstein
20. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 6 – Fred Hoyle
21. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 7 – Harold Urey
22. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 8 – Charles Townes
23. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 9 – A. E. Wilder-Smith
24. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 10 – Robert Millikan
25. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 11 – Rick Smalley
26. Evidence for God – Paul Walker & the Argument from Design
27. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 12 – John Eccles
28. Evidence for God – Polls Say People Don’t Believe in Evolution
29. Evidence for God – Why Don’t People Believe in Evolution?
30. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 13 – Ben Carson 1
31. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 14 – Ben Carson 2
32. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 15 – Ben Carson 3
33. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 16 – Ben Carson 4
34. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 17 – Ben Carson 5

Read the sequel:
36. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 19 – Henry Schaefer

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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)
Wednesday August 27, 2014 A.D.

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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