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ⓜ Science and humility — 7 Comments

  1. Yes, exactly! Which is to say, it’s why we don’t try to do science entirely on our own. I am reminded of an old American folksong (I am of the folkie generation) that had a line about “finding Jesus on your own,” which sounded to my ears much like trying to invent the Calculus on my own.
    Religion and science both depend on communities… if only to have someone to talk with about the cool things we’ve just seen!

    • Br. Guy — Just had the chance to read this. I think the history of science provides a very apt metaphor — in several ways — for considering our faith heritage. Like science we have certain core insights which can provide us “operating assumptions.” Like science these insights have been gathered and refined over millennia of human experience and communication. But like scientific “discoveries” they must never become hardened into rigid conceptual blinders, but should be advanced only with humility and full awareness of the fragmentary and tentative nature of any human understanding.

      • Exactly. The key to both science and faith is to combine both the ability to say “I don’t know” with the confidence to say, “but I can find out.”

        As we learn more, we also learn how much more there is to learn; but that can only happen if we take the effort in the first place to learn more, and we reject the cynicism or despair of thinking we can never learn anything… about nature, or about God.

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