If a Creator God exists, would he or she or IT or whatever the appropriate pronoun is, prefer a kind of sodden blockhead who worships while understanding nothing? Or would he prefer his votaries to admire the real universe in all its intricacy? I would suggest that science is, at least in part, informed worship. My deeply held belief is that if a god of anything like the traditional sort exists, then our curiosity and our intelligence are provided by such a god. We would be unappreciative of those gifts if we suppressed our passion to explore the universe and ourselves. On the other hand, if such a traditional god does not exist, the our curiosity and our intelligence are the essential tools for managing our survival and in an extremely dangerous time. In either care the Enterprise of knowledge is consistent surely with science; it should be with religion, and it is essential for the welfare of the human race.
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Monday, October 20, 2008
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