Will Science Ever Fail?
"Humanity should accept that science has eliminated the justification for believing in cosmic purpose, and that any survival of purpose is inspired only by sentiment."
The Limitless Power of Science
"Science, the system of belief founded securely on publicly shared reproducible knowledge, emerged from religion. As science discarded its chrysalis to become its present butterfly, it took over the heath. There is no reason to suppose that science cannot deal with every aspect of existence. Only the religious - among whom I include not only the prejudiced but the uninformed - hope there is a dark corner of the physical universe, or of the universe of experience, that science can never hope to illuminate. But science has never encountered a barrier, and the only grounds for supposing that reductionism will fail are pessimism on the part of scientists and fear in the minds of the religious." p125.
"Science and religion cannot be reconciled, and humanity should begin to appreciate the power of its child, and to beat off all attempts at compromise. Religion has failed, and its failures should stand exposed. Science, with its currently successful pursuit of universal competence through the identification of the minimal, the supreme delight of the intellect, should be acknowledged king." p132.
"There is nothing that cannot be understood." p 1.
"Science has no need of purpose ... all the extraordinary, wonderful richness of this world can be expressed as growth from the dunghill of purposeless interconnected corruption." p127-128.[This was too big an opening for John Lennox to pass up, so he commented in the context of his "Aunt Matilda's Cake" story, p42 of "God's Undertaker":
"One wonders what Aund Matilda would make of that as an ultimate explanation for the fact that she made the cake for her nephew Jimm's birthday, indeed as an ultimate explanation of why she, Jimmy and the birthday cake existed in the first place. She might even prefir a 'primeval soup' to a 'dunghill of corruption', if she were given the choice."] `*-
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