John Glenn — Religious, but No Creationist

The usual creationist websites haven’t mentioned the recent passing of John Glenn at the age of 95. He was a genuine hero who was also an elder in his church. The creationists’ silence is shameful, but understandable.

It’s explained in this article from the Religion News Service: Astronaut and senator, John Glenn saw no conflict between faith and science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

John Glenn may best be remembered as one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers, the first American to orbit the Earth and, later, the oldest man in space. Glenn also will be remembered for his long career as a U.S. senator, representing his home state of Ohio for 24 years as a moderate Democrat.

But less well-known is the fact that Glenn, who died on Thursday at age 95, was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who saw no conflict between his beliefs in God and in science.

That’s the problem for creationists. The article then says:

He told The Associated Press last year he believed scientific discovery – including evolution – should be taught in schools.

You can imagine ol’ Hambo’s reaction to that. The news story continues:

“I don’t see that I’m any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”

This is the Associated Press interview: John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools. It doesn’t say any more about teaching evolution than was already quoted above. Here’s one more excerpt from Religion News Service:

And in a space-to-Earth news conference during his second space flight at age 77 in 1998, Glenn told reporters his view of space only strengthened his belief in God. “Looking at the Earth from this vantage point, looking at this kind of creation and to not believe in God, to me, is impossible. To see (Earth) laid out like that only strengthens my beliefs,” he said.

Creationists probably disagree, but John Glenn was a good man, and his passing marks the end of an era.

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16 responses to “John Glenn — Religious, but No Creationist

  1. John Glenn wasn’t one of the crazies that’s why there is no mention. Their silence speaks volumes.

  2. Astronauts have to have a firm grasp of reality

  3. He was the last of the original seven Mercury astronauts–an exceptional group by any standards.

  4. “Astronauts have to have a firm grasp of reality”

    WOW!! What complete nonsense! While one would hope for your claim to be true, the facts show otherwise. Here is an example of just four astronauts who are/were trivially identifiable as kooks. James Irwin was a well known creationist, he even went searching for Noah’s Ark, on foot no less. And of course there is also the more recent Jeffrey Williams who claims to see world wide “evidence” of the Noachian flood from space. And then there was Gordon Cooper, who claimed that space aliens are among us and various government agencies are intentionally hiding that fact in his idiot UFO conspiracy theories. And while working for Disney he also claimed that newly developed propulsion systems would get us to Mars in 30 minutes! Do the simple calculation to see how many G’s of acceleration that would require. And how could anyone forget another idiot astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who endorsed UFO conspiracy theories and various psychic nonsense like remote healing and ESP.

  5. michaelfugate

    on a wing and a prayer – which one makes the difference?

  6. Sorry, a little off topic, but I found this hilarious:
    Republicans Anxious To Repeal and Replace Law of Gravity

  7. I searched Hambo’s website. Sure enough, he criticized Glenn for what he said about evolution: NASA Astronauts/Engineers on God, Creation, and Evolution.

  8. When Neil Armstrong died, I wrote this. May it stand for all of them. I hope – I can hope, can’t I? – God welcomes him home.

    Would he prefer Columbia? To fall
    In glory like Gagarin, not amid
    The medicinal hush? Thus to be rid
    Of surly bonds, and with them, rid of all?
    Would he prefer that final, fatal stall –
    Controls that locked, and nothing that he did
    Or could have done availing? Once, he’d bid
    Farewell to earth. Does that once stand for all?

    No. He’d have done that, if he must, but no.
    He was a pilot, and his job, to fly,
    Not glory. Yet he’s gone there. We below
    Look up, and see his monument: one sky,
    One glory, and one lasting call to go
    That we must answer. He would have it so.

  9. Wow, Dave Luckett! Moving sentiment, expressed in a smoothly executed sonnet. Nicely done.

  10. Hope no one minds if I pile on here: Exceptionally well done, Dave Luckett!

  11. Very moving, Prof. Luckett … thank you.
    Per ardua ad astra.
    J. Meyers

  12. Thank you all. But I’m no Prof. Lecturer was as far as I went, and that was in that most reviled of subjects, English literature. Rightly so, I have to say, looking back at the devastation wrought in the last century or so.

  13. When I was a 9th grader in high school, my History teacher gave us an assignment to write a paper about who our hero was and why. After some thought I picked John Glenn. When the teacher mentioned some of the types of people that were picked as heroes he mentioned that someone picked a scientist. It turns out he was talking about my paper (though I didn’t think it applied). If you look at John Glenn’s education he majored (but didn’t complete) an engineering degree. So my question to the panel is this: was John Glenn a scientist simply for being an astronaut?

    It is interesting as an almost engineer John Glenn didn’t fall victim to the Salem hypothesis. As others have mentioned the astronaut corp was full of the full range of nuts. I suppose to put yourself in a capsule on a giant roman candle didn’t lend itself to sanity.

  14. Troy:
    “I suppose to put yourself in a capsule on a giant roman candle didn’t lend itself to sanity.”

    It also required an abiding faith in the talents and attention to detail of your fellow man, especially when you realize that every part of that “giant Roman candle” was, as the astronauts themselves said, “acquired from the lowest bidder.”

  15. I failed to add that Edgar Mitchell was also the co-ounder of the “Institute of Noetic Sciences”, an oxymoron like “Scientific Creationism”. (Noetic = that which is known by intuition, in other words evidenceless).