Hugh Ross knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist as early as 8 years old. He read 100 creation myths from around the world and dismissed them all based on the scientific record by the time he was 11. Growing up in Vancouver and going to a high school populated mostly by Asians who were Buddhist or Hindu, he did not have a Christian friend until he was 27. Hugh Ross took an unusual path to faith in God. It is a path led only by science, without the aid of any preacher, church or religious presupposition. Your can hear him tell the story of his compelling journey here.
Francis Collins was raised in an unconventional family. His parents lived off the land. His father was a professor, and his mother wrote plays. He learned to love learning new things, but he learned nothing of faith. Any spiritual glimmer along the way was snuffed out in college. He studied chemistry in graduate school and became increasingly a reductionist and materialist with no tolerance for spiritual ideas. He then turned to biology and went to medical school as an atheist. That is where things changed for him. He eventually became the head of the Human Genome Project. This is his story.
Dr. Fazale Rana is biochemist, raised in a Muslim family, who is a scientist, committed to modern science. What makes his story interesting is that he became a Christian along the way. Here he tells his story:
Rick Oliver has a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Fullerton and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the American Federation of Herpetoculturalists, the California Science Teachers Association,and the New York Academy of Science. Rick Oliver explains his background as a micro-biologist and evolutionist and how he eventually came to Christ.
Jeff Zweerink is a physicist. His father was a chemist and college professor. He has been interested in science as long as he can remember. His parents’ conversion to Christianity as adults is something that had a profound impact on him. He, too, professed the faith of his parents. When he went off to college, he began to struggled with the notion that science could disprove the Bible, and that troubled him until he came to realize that “the only faith worth having, the only faith that will endure, is a faith that chooses to believe what is true.”
John Lennox was raised in a Christian family, but he was taught how to think and read widely. He constantly asked himself hard questions and endeavored to meet and dialogue with people who didn’t have faith. The exposure to the world of thought, for Lennox, did nothing but strengthen his faith. He is now celebrated a mathematician and a scientist, and a professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has debated many atheists, including Richard Dawkins and many others.