New marine life is being discovered.  So strange, so mysterious, so beautiful!

Discoveries from deep, previously unexplored places.
As much art as science.
Nearly a quarter of a million new species.
One amazing find after another.
The diversity of life.  The richness of it.  The connectivity of it.

A long-haired crab they discovered was so unusual that it required a new family designation.  (Remember kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species?)   The Darth Vadar jellyfish (yes, he really does look like Darth Vadar) was found in the Antarctic more than a half mile below the surface of the ocean.

One scientist explained that this census is like exploring a dark house with a flash light, then he said, “Just wait until we turn on the lights!”  AWESOME!

Search images online: OCEAN CENSUS

But the most telling part of this story is that there was no mention of the God who formed the paths of the sea*.  No glory given to The Creator of the universe in which we live.  No knowledge or recognition of the divine.

Think about these discoveries and this, “The sea is His, for He made it.”  So amazing!

Psalm 8 / Psalm 95:5

Matthew Fontaine Maury
“Pathfinder of the Seas”

Father of Modern Oceanography & Naval Meteorology
Scientist of the Seas

Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) made important contributions to charting wind and ocean currents. His studies proved that by following the winds and currents ships could cross the ocean in fewer days than ever before.

MATTHEW MAURY’S LIFE STORY

Maury was not only an oceanographer, astronomer, historian, meterologist, cartographer, geologist, write, physics professor at Virginia Military INstitute and commander in the United States Army, he was also a Christian who believed in God. He enjoyed reading the Bible as truth and God’s word to him.

He was inspired by Psalm 8:8 which says:

8 You made the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

At the age 19, Maury joined the U.S. Navy as a midshipman on board the wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate USS Brandywine. Almost immediately, he began studying the seas and documenting methods of navigation. After a leg injury left him unfit for sea duty, Maury dedicated his full attention to the study of meteorology, navigation, currents, and winds.

Due to his diligence and findings, in 1842 he was appointed Superintendent of the Depot of Charts and Instruments, out of which grew the U.S. Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office. Here, Maury studied thousands of ships’ logs and charts. To gather information on maritime winds and currents, Maury distributed to ship captains specially prepared logbooks from which he compiled pilot charts. In 1848, he published the Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic, which showed sailors how to use the ocean’s currents and winds to their advantage and thus drastically reduced the length of ocean voyages. Maury’s uniform system of recording oceanographic data was adopted by navies and merchant marines around the world and was used to develop charts for all the major trade routes.

Maury was ultimately able to produce charts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, and profile the Atlantic seabed. He also wrote directions to accompany his charts, and he combined these with other observations about the ocean to produce The Physical Geography of the Sea and Its Meteorology, which was first published in 1855. This was an immensely popular book and marked the beginning of the science of oceanography.2 As a result, Maury is internationally recognized as the Father of Oceanography.

Prior to these great accomplishments,
Maury, a devout Christian and avid Bible student, was struck by the reference in Psalm 8:8 to “the paths of the seas.” As a result, throughout his career he had a passionate desire to find the paths of the sea the psalmist spoke of. And ultimately, he found them.

Amid his successes,
Maury never forgot his belief in Scripture. Physical Geography is filled with references to the Bible, and Maury could not help but be fascinated by passages that mention the sea, such as Psalm 8:8, Isaiah 43:16, Psalm 107:23-24, and Ecclesiastes 1:7.2 Maury contended that whoever studies the sea “must look upon it as a part of that exquisite machinery by which the harmonies of nature are preserved, and then will begin to perceive the developments of order and the evidences of design.”3

When Maury observed and studied the oceans, he saw an intelligent design, the work of the Creator God whom he confidently believed had set “bars and doors to stay its proud waves; and who gave the sea His decree that its waters should not pass His command. He laid the foundations of the world so fast they should not be moved forever.”

As a testament to his convictions on creationism, 13 years before he died Maury delivered the following remark in a speech that fittingly embraced the whole of his professional Christian and scientific life and capped the career of one of the most outstanding creation scientists of the 19th century.

I have been blamed by men of science, both in this country and in England, for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore of no authority in matters of science. I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches. What would you think of the historian who should refuse to consult the historical records of the Bible, because the Bible was not written for the purposes of history? The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other.4

References
1. This image is in the public domain.
2. Grady, J. 2015. Matthew Fontaine Maury, Father of Oceanography: A Biography, 1806-1873. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. See also Major, T. 1995. Honor to Whom Honor…Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873). Creation Research Society Quarterly. 32 (2): 82-87.
3. Maury, M. F. 1859. The Physical Geography of the Sea, 6th ed. New York: Harper & Brothers, 57.
4. Lewis, C. L. 1927. Matthew Fontaine Maury: The Pathfinder of the Seas. Annapolis, MD: United States Naval Institute (1969 reprint by AMS Press, New York), 99.

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* Dr. Corrado earned a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University and a Th.M. from Liberty University. He is a freelance contributor to ICR’s Creation Science Update, works in the nuclear industry, and is a senior officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.