Eternal Progression

“When Carl Sagan, the late astronomer and science advocate and popularizer, gave the Gifford Lectures (published as The Varieties of Scientific Experience), he–the (soft) atheist–speaking of the relation between science and religion describes science as “informed worship”.  His wife, the author Ann Druyan, who wrote the introduction to the book, noted:  “he never understood why anyone would want to separate science, which is just a way of searching for what is true, from what we hold sacred, which are those truths that inspire love and awe.”  She added:  “His argument was not with God but with those who believed that our understanding of the sacred had been completed.””

Source:  science-islam.net/article.php3?id_article=914&lang=en (accessed 29 Jul 2011)

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2 Responses to Eternal Progression

  1. dor says:

    “His argument was not with God but with those who believed that our understanding of the sacred had been completed.””
    What wisdom in that! We, small that we are, are beings that yearn for growth. Our essence is such that we grow throughout our lives, never reaching a place or time of stasis. How then, if we are truly made in God’s image, could God be otherwise? When we look for the sacred, we see it made glorious in that ability to transcend what we currently know and replace it with what we learn. Whether that learning comes from science, from pain or from prayer, is it any less sacred, any less a manifestation of the holy?

  2. rogerdhansen says:

    I’m not sure I believe in life after death, but I do believe that if there is life after death it must involve some form of progression. That is the only thing that makes sense to me. I don’t have a good enough voice to sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the eternities.

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