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“. . . no idea has been more destructive of happiness, no philosophy has produced more sorrow, more heartbreak, more suffering and mischief, no idea has contributed more to the erosion of the family than the idea that we are not the offspring of God, but only advanced animals. There flows from that idea the not too subtle perception that we are compelled to yield to every carnal urge, are subject to physical but not to moral law.
The man-from-animal theory…is widely taught and generally accepted as the solution to the mystery of life. I know there are two views on the subject. But it is one thing to measure this theory solely against intellectual or academic standards, quite another to measure it against moral or spiritual or doctrinal standards.” (Boyd K. Packer, The Things of the Soul, pp.109-111)
“Organic evolution is Satan’s chief weapon in this dispensation in his attempt to destroy the divine mission of Jesus Christ. It is a contemptible plot against faith in God and to destroy the effective belief in the divine atonement of our Redeemer through which men may be saved from their sins and find place in the Kingdom of God. There is not and cannot be any compromise between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the theories of evolution. Were evolution true, there could be no remission of sin.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Man, His Origin and Destiny, pp. 184-185)
The greatest natural scientist of the eighteenth century, Louis Agassiz is acknowledged even by current researchers as the greatest natural scientist of his day. He established the Ice Age and thus became known as the “Father of the Ice Age.” A noted teacher, Agassiz attracted students from all over the world. His legacy was the comparative method. He established the famous Museum of Comparative Anatomy at Harvard University, and he and his wife established Radcliffe, the great women’s institution of higher education.
Known as the father of electromagnetism, Michael Faraday established the law of electromagnetism, laying the foundation of the sciences of magneto-electricity. “Faraday stands at the head of scientific observers of the nineteenth century, and his discoveries have left their indelible mark on the progress of mankind. To him must be given the credit for the solid foundation of electrical science as it is known today.” One of the most distinguished pioneers in the fields of chemistry as well, Faraday was outstanding in the nineteenth century for his genius as an experimenter.
Prussian-born Justus von Liebig was the greatest chemist of the nineteenth century. He presented a body of knowledge to the world that revolutionised not only chemistry but other laboratory sciences as well. His experimental method revolutionised science. Utilizing his procedures, and experiment could be tested, repeated, measured, and analyzed with consistent results. Although others had worked with elements of this method, Liebig brought them all together in a workable approach to scientific problems.
Humboldt can be considered one of the last scientists whose mind could incorporate all the scientific fields. The expansive nature of his works even moved his old friend and fellow countryman, Goethe, to say: “[Humboldt] is like a fountain with many pipes. You need only to get a vessel to hold under it, and on any side refreshing streams flow at a mere touch.”
The friend of every cultivated man, Humboldt sought to lose no opportunity to do all the good of which he was capable. His influence on the progress of science is incalculable.