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April 7, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Three quotes on the interaction between science and religion

“Science is the only reliable way to understand the natural world. But science is powerless to answer questions such as ‘Why did the universe come into being? What is the meaning of human existence? What happens after we die?”
Francis Collins

“Science and religion are two windows that people look through, trying to understand the big universe outside, trying to understand why we are here. The two windows give different views, but they look out at the same universe. Both views are one-sided. Neither is complete. Both leave out essential features of the real world. And both are worthy of respect.”
Physicist Freeman Dyson

“Science and religion have different purposes, different limitations, different modes of action. But they are both part of every culture and every person. They need to exist in some vital and healthy whole in which each is integral. This means not simply a tacit agreement to ignore each other but open interchange between them with all the possibilities of mutual growth and transformation that entails.”
Robert Bellah

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