Relationship between science and religion

18 10 2007

The biologist Neville Cobbe gave me some quotes to reflect on about the relationship between science and religion:


“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything.”

by G.K. Chesterton


“…in all our lives, in all we work and strive for it is of first importance to know as much as we can about what we are doing, to learn from the experience of others and, not stopping at that to find out more for ourselves so that our work may be the best of which we are capable. That is what Science stands for. It is only half the battle, I know. There is also the great driving force which we know under the name of religion. From religion comes a man’s purpose, from science his power to achieve it. Sometimes people ask if religion and science are not opposed to one another. They are: in the sense that thumb and
fingers are opposed to one another. It is an opposition by means of which anything can be grasped.”

by Sir William Bragg, quoted in Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 17, No. 2, Dec., 1962, pp. 169-182


I’m very impressed by the fact that, as said in the quotes, religion is the driving force that leads us to discover more about our life, our work, about basically who we are and science would be the expression of this personal research.




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