William Derham (1657-1735) was one of the Boyle lecturers, his treatise (Physico-Theology) being a strong exposition of purposive design in nature by the God of the Bible. He was probably the first writer to argue for the study of science as a stewardship from God, very much in the vein of modern ecology. In a sense, he could be considered the father of ecology.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.