All right, A Scientific Man and the Bible, Howard Atwood Kelly. Let’s see. Howard Atwood Kelly was called at the age of 31 from Kensington Hospital in Pennsylvania and an academic appointment at University of Pennsylvania to become the first professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the new Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimere… Baltimore, excuse me. So he was a doctor. Well, what is it? So he was a doctor. Let’s see what else is this. Well is this what… The forward and biographical introduction is half the book, right? That’s the introduction. So I mean, I’ll read the introduction to you. I mean, I’m going to read it to myself because again… I’m sorry, what?
All right so the forward and biographical introduction with Scripture as Transforming Science Medicine, Howard Kelly, yeah, that’s him, then Scripture Ellipsed by Science Medicine by William Halston, Scripture Against Science Medicine, William Welch, Scripture and Science Medicine Compartmentalized, William Osler. What is this? The Academy in the Service of Christ and His People, Reformed Academic Press. Okay so this is who wrote the book, over here.
I mean, it’s going to be very interesting on their perspective on things. Yeah. They got the how I came to my present faith, the whole Bible, the word of God, the deity of Christ, the Virgin birth, the blood atonement, the resurrection of the body and the Lord’s return because what’s very interesting about this is with books you really have to be open-minded. I mean, you really do because you have no idea what you’re going to see. It’s like I said, I keep saying life is like a box of chocolates. Well, books, these boxes are like a box of chocolates, right? You never know what you’re going to get.
What is this book? And like I said, everything, take it with a grain of salt, you might learn something, might not. Well, that one, hold on, let’s see. Six to 15, so 15. So the first one, where does it start? It starts on six. Scripture as Transforming Science Medicine, Howard Kelly. All right. Oh yeah, that’s exactly where I started reading it. Kelly concentrated on gynecological surgery at Hopkins leaving the field of obstetrics mainly to.. Oh man, there’s too many big words. I apologize. You know what I’m saying? I’ll practice them later.
Let’s see. Okay, so yeah, this is an introduction. I mean, I’m still trying to figure this book out a little bit without reading the whole entire thing, right? Because my job is just to kind of get you interested and kind of understand, try to find a little piece of gold in there. How richly he speaks to his own generation today, the simple strategy of reading and applying the scriptures himself revealed self-evident truths of God’s word to Dr. Kelly, who avidly defended these truths his entire life. Kelly expressed desire with the exert energy or every energy to arouse Christians to their need of a wider and deeper knowledge of the word of God, and so to draw them to a closer daily walk with Christ, who is one with that word. When confronted with the claims of evolutionary theory, Kelly took a cautious approach, not retreating into anti-scientific biblical literalism, nor adopting a theory where it was unsupported by evidence.
So see, this is what made it interesting. So he is a devout Christian, but then see a scientific man and the Bible, right? Because science and the Bible don’t make sense. So that’s part of the reason why it was interesting to kind of see his partake on it back in the olden days. In a letter he wrote to William Jennings Bryan at the time of the scopes trial… So there was a trial that went on, wow. All right. Kelly stated his brief and his continuous sequence in life history and believed in evolution of organic life and in this world yet he also rejected naturalistic and mechanics underpinnings of natural selection and warned against the errors of philosophical and sociological Darwinism. Life originated by divine fiat and Adam and Eve were historic individuals created by a special act of God. The Genesis account was not at odds with the current scientific thinking, but rather transformed the ramifications of the evidence like others before him, including the great Princeton theologian, BB Warfield. Kelly did not view a literary reading of the Genesis account as a threat to a high view of scripture in Rancey.
Okay. I miss the excitement and revolution in American medicine taking place at Hopkins at the turn of the century, Dr. Kelly saw his calling to Christ as watershed of commitment. He is an example of a Christian citizen most criticized and at times an embarrassment to the professional community at John Hopkins University. He is a great legacy to all those struggling with these same challenges of living in the present age. His defense rests on the uncompromisable foundations of the Christian beliefs as the contents of these books of Lord.
And that’s the rest of this book, it’s the chapters. So I’m starting to get the scope of this book, what it is. So let’s go a little bit more. How often these are very issues those claiming the title of Christians was explained away for fear of being labeled unscientific or irrational. But here, we have an able defense from one of those leading scientists of American medicine who draws are no more than the clear testimony of scripture apply to the life of God’s call. Wow, I get it now.
So what this book is… I mean, I don’t know if you guys got it. So what this book is, what it does, what it’s doing is it took those four people, they’re very biblical men, they’re very Christian people. Well, Christian or religion and science don’t make sense together. Well, what this book is doing is it’s bridging that gap, right? So through Dr. Kelly’s book, which I’ll read a little bit more in my article, because this is kind of interesting the more that I’m reading about it… Wow. Hold on. Expressions of Dr. Kelly’s Christian faith were regularly sought after during his lifetime. A Scientific Man and the Bible was actually a compilation of a series of articles written to the weekly Sunday School Times, Dr. Charles G Trumball, then editor of the Sunday School Times noted that upon the announcement of the impending series subscriptions to his paper increase at a rate of 1200 per day until well over 30,000 new subscriptions were entered. Dr. Kelly also wrote articles for the Moody Monthly, as well as several short articles written in leaflet forum and widely distributed by a Christian organizations. As well, Kelly never tired of sharing the joys of his Christian life through his correspondence with those who sought to win over Christ. So I can’t remember… There it is, Joel Olsteen if you guys have ever heard of Joel Olsteen’s, he’s kind of like the old Joel Olsteen of the day, writing a whole bunch of different publications, but he did it from a scientific outlet. That’s very interesting. I mean, 30,000, just think about that, 30,000 subscriptions went from 1200 subscriptions a day, right, the second that the Christian community learned that he was writing his scientific Christian bridged the gap. That’s interesting. I mean, just think about that in today’s numbers, if he was selling that subscription for like $10 that just brought in $300,000 a year, just by adding his thing, all right? 30,000 subscribers, $10, 300,000. Boom, that’s how I got the math, right? And that’s per month. Well, it was $3 million a year, excuse me. Yeah. That’s a lot of money that he brought to the table. I don’t know how much they were charging a subscription, I’m just using $10 as an example but even a dollar that’s $30,000 a month. That’s a lot.
Now I am interested about, what was he saying? All right? Yeah. I bet you… Oh, I’m out of time. Sorry.