Paul Merchant, interviewer for A Changing Planet writes:
God appears in various forms in life story interviews with Earth scientists - as the Creator of an intriguing planet, as a guiding hand helping experiments along, as a fiction dismissed in childhood, as a dangerous lie responsible for blotting out sensible appraisals of Earth’s history.
Does it matter whether or not these scientists believe that God created the Earth?
In the second half of the twentieth century, Earth scientists spent a lot of time using instruments to ‘record’ aspects of the Earth and its atmosphere. Magnetometers. Radiometers. Seismometers. Spectrometers. Gravimeters. The use of these and other instruments tended to result in a line on a chart, or a number, or a series of numbers.
Does it matter whether or not individual scientists see God in the lines and numbers? Either way, they’re still the same lines and numbers to be argued over, calculated with and presented as evidence. The Earth measures-up the same, whether it’s a Creation, or the debris of an unexplained, intention-less beginning.