Science and religion

I hold to the humble view that the natural sciences are in trouble and that they will build a very high tower over the next 100 or so years before they discover that it has no foundation. The following quotations offer clues as to why I believe this.

A.N. Whitehead, co-author with Bertrand Russell of Principia Mathematica says:

There is but one source for science: It must come from the Medieval insistence on the rationality of God.

St Augustine:

Heaven forbid that God should hate in us that by which he made us superior to the animals! Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls

I pulled these quotations out of a sermon by a British preacher (a priest, I believe), in which he discusses the relationship of religion and science and the lies some PR men for the sciences (Voltaire, Dawkins, etc.) tell about that relationship. Read it here

One Response

  1. Andrew, I hold the equally humble view that the natural sciences began building that tower quite a while ago, that they’ve realized their need for a foundation, and that they’re now engaged in constructing that foundation by revising all of the other sciences to suit. In the end, not only will the tower fall for lack of a solid foundation, but the faulty foundation will collapse as well. Those outside the tower will probably suffer the most, but our civilization will end up relying on them for survival and continuity.

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