One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science,
measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is
the most precious thing we have.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful
muscles, but no personality.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
THOMAS ALVA EDISON
We do not know one millionth of one percent about anything.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and
SIR WILLIAM BRAGG
Religion and science are opposed . . . but only in the same sense as that in which my
thumb and forefinger are opposed - and between the two, one can grasp everything.
On the Spiritual
This is adoration: not a difficult religious exercise, but an attitude of the soul.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what did we rest
the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ alone founded his empire upon love,
and at this hour millions of men would die for him.
Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or he was himself deluded, or he was
divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma.
Christianity is not devotion to work, or to a cause, or a doctrine, but devotion to a
person, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can't have
faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, "He who has seen Me has
seen the Father" (John 14:9) we immediately have something that
is real, and our faith is limitless.
On Life in the Universe
The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like
the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the
masses of the proton and electron. . . . The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers
seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life.
SIR FRED HOYLE, ASTROPHYSICIST
A common sense interpretation of the facts suggest that a superintellect has monkeyed
with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind
forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers (i.e., probabilities) one calculates
from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond
DR. WERNHER VON BRAUN
Atheists all over the world have... called upon science as their
crown witness against the existence of God. But as they try, with
arrogant abuse of scientific reasoning, to render proof there is no
God, the simple and enlightening truth is that their arguments
boomerang. For one of the most fundamental laws of natural science is
that nothing in the physical world ever happens without a cause. There
simply cannot be a creation without some kind of Spiritual Creator.
I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not
acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the
existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who
would deny the advances of science.
Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist there is no God.
Spiritual truth is discernable only to a pure heart, not to a keen intellect. It is not
a question of profundity of intellect, but of purity of heart.
Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm
and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith
demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which
is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in
everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to
"In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower
Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles.
Therefore ... in the Old Oolitic Silurian Period the Lower Mississippi
River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long...
seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will
be only a mile and three-quarters long... There is something
fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of
conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."