Catholics attending the meeting of the British Association heard a distinguished Jesuit scientist, Fr. Henry Gill, S. J., of Dublin, preach at St. Barnabas' Cathedral on the Sunday on "God's Place in Science."
"A remarkable phenomenon of modern times," said Fr. Gill, "is that on the one hand, while man uneducated and half-educated popular leaders seem to deny the place of God in human life, and while immature university students and undistinguished lecturers and popular writers adopt the pose of sneering at the idea of creation, on the other hand the greatest scientists who have given all their life to the study of science —men such as Newton, Darwin, Mendel, Lord Kelvin, Roentgen, the discoverer of X-rays, Marconi, the wizard of wireless, and innumerable others—declare their firm belief in the need of a Creator. "Lord Kelvin said: 'Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to believe in God, which is the foundation of religion. You will find science not antagonistic but helpful to religion.
"Darwin, who is often spoke, of as if he excluded the idea of creation in evolution, wrote There is grandeur in this new life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed laws of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms, most beautiful and most wonderful, have been and are being evolved.
- Malaya Catholic Leader, Saturday, 23rd October, 1937 (pdf pp 5 1937(4))