Quote: Where scientific inquiry leads

Here’s a quote by Robert Jastro that I’ve heard in several debates around the compatibility of science and religion.

[HT Brian]

“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

– Robert Jastrow

(God and the Astronomers, W.W. Norton, New York, 1978, p. 116)


One response to “Quote: Where scientific inquiry leads

  1. Science, philosophy, and religious study, when guided by sincere and honest pursuit, will end up at the same place.

    Philosophy and religion, because they're not burdened the scientists endlessly repetitive studies and experiments, get there must faster.

    Science has a false pride that its results are truer than those achieved by thought, and in many cases, the intermediate discoveries are good and worthwhile. But if science is pursued only for the discovery of the final "why", those pursuing such aims would be better served putting up their beakers and opening a book, and their mind.

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