Just in time for Creation Sabbath, on October 28, the Geoscience Research Institute (GRI) has released a captivating documentary about Dr. Isabel de Moraes, a leading scientist in the discipline of x-ray crystallography. The documentary highlights her research, her life and her faith. How did this remarkable woman become one of the leading scientists living today? What challenges did she have to overcome? How has her scientific education and research influenced her faith in the Creator God of the Bible? You can find out the answers to all these questions on the latest episode of “Seeking Understanding.”
Crystallography is an exciting science that uses x-rays to image the three-dimensional structure of proteins. Moraes doesn’t work with just any proteins, she works with proteins found embedded in cell membranes. These are among the most important molecules in biology. Many drugs work by binding to membrane proteins and they are essential for the normal functions of cells, particularly in humans. But they are also extraordinarily difficult to work with. This puts Moraes’s work on the extreme and fascinating cutting edge of science today.
This film about Dr. Moraes is the fourth video in the “Seeking Understanding” series. “Seeking Understanding” explores the lives, research and faith of scientists. “Seeking Understanding” also addresses the myth that all scientists follow a strictly materialistic philosophy that denies the action of God in the past or present. Many of the most productive and brilliant scientists find their research reveals the brilliance of the Creator of the universe and life. What we see in nature makes sense in light of the Bible’s teaching that God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), also sustains the universe (Colossians 1:16,17).
“I’m not sure which I find more intriguing when making these documentaries,” says Timothy Standish, producer of the “Seeking Understanding” series and a senior scientist at the Geoscience Research Institute. “As a scientist myself, I’m naturally drawn to the scientific discoveries of those whom we profile, but then the personal stories are mesmerizing. It turns out that scientists are human and the events and challenges they have faced in life can be remarkable.
“The way God has led in the lives of those we profile and how they have been brought to Christ in sometimes remarkable ways, adds a layer of meaning that transcends a dry litany of dates, experiments and results,” says Standish. “For me, producing this series has made science and scientists come alive in a whole new way.”
The Isabel de Moraes episode of “Seeking Understanding” is being released on the week before Creation Sabbath, which falls on October 28, 2017. This 25-minute film is an excellent companion to the 5-minute 2017 Creation Sabbath film, “The Hole,” which can be streamed or downloaded here.
Other films in the “Seeking Understanding” series can be viewed at: http://grisda.org/resources1/audio-visual-media/video-series-seeking-understanding/
For more information about Creation Sabbath, visit: www.creationsabbath.net