Religion Quotes 220

Letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'
Science develops best when its concepts and conclusions are integrated into the broader human culture and its concerns for ultimate meaning and value. Scientists cannot, therefore, hold themselves entirely aloof from the sorts of issues dealt with by philosophers and theologians. By devoting to these issues something of the energy and care they give to their research in science, they can help others realize more fully the human potentialities of their discoveries. They can also come to appreciate for themselves that these discoveries cannot be a genuine substitute for knowledge of the truly ultimate. Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.
Letter to the Reverend George V. Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory (1988-06-01).
Letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'
News conference in Chicago, where he apologized for the above statement, which was accepted by the Vatican. (11 August 1966)
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