Health and Sanctity of Life
A Creationist Who Created Modern Science Louis Pasteur – Founder of Modern Medicine 1822 to 1895
Few people have ever had as positive an effect on so many as has Louis Pasteur. Pasteur received his doctorate in Chemistry, but early on became interested in fermentation. He was able to prove that fermentation occurred because of microbes. This led him to invent pasteurization, the gentle heating of food to kill of bacteria. This then led him to formulate his germ theory of disease, the beginning of modern medicine. Although Pasteur only developed two vaccines, anthrax and rabies, his research opened the door to all of the vaccines developed since then.
Louis Pasteur was not only a brilliant scientist; he was also a good man. After patenting his pasteurization process, an invention that would have made him rich, he released his patent to the public because he didn’t want anyone to suffer because they couldn’t pay for his invention. The people of France and the world showed their appreciation for what he had done by raising millions of francs for him to open a Pasteur Institute; the Institute still exists today continuing his research.
Pasteur was not only a brilliant scientist and a good man; he was also a devout Christian. He acknowledged his belief in God as Creator and his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior throughout his life.
Pasteur only made one significant mistake in his life. After reading Darwin’s Origin of Species he decided to prove once and for all that life could not arise on its own, but had to come from other life. After his research conclusively proved that life could only come from life, he said, “this will be the death of Darwinism”. Pasteur was such an honest scientist, he thought the facts would convince other scientists of the scientific absurdity of evolutionism. His mistake was in not realizing that evolutionism is not about science, but is a pagan religion invented in order to reject God.