Matthew Fontaine Maury

Matthew Fontaine Maury


by David F. Coppedge

Matthew Maury, the “Pathfinder of the Seas,” was an influential 19th century oceanographer and geographer who made many important contributions that helped navigators chart wind and ocean currents.  It is said that he was inspired to discover ocean currents from Psalm 8:8, which mentions the “paths of the seas.”

For his story, we’re going to leverage the efforts of other biographers.  There are some easily accessible treatments of Maury’s life story you can find at Apologetics Press, Answers in Genesis and ICR.  Take a moment to learn how Scripture inspired science in a period when others were turning toward the fad of evolution.

For those who doubt whether Maury actually connected his discovery to Psalm 8, check the website of Steve Rudd who did some detailed background investigation.

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