Falcke, Faith and Fascination
Faith and Fascination
Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2421,
in: The Vatican Observatory Summer Schools in Observational Astronomy and Astrophysics - The First Ten Years, Maggio E. (ed.), Vatican Observatory Publications, May 1997, p. 56-59
The interaction between
science and religion has a long history in which every scientist will
have a part on one side or the other. I consider myself fortunate
that, as a protestant/evangelical Christian and astronomer, I find
myself on both sides of the aisle. In this paper, I describe,
why I believe that religion has a lot to give to science and
especially to astronomy. There are two points I want to elaborate.
First, I want to suggest that the driving forces for both, astronomy
and religion, are the same: fascination for the infinite and the
incomprehensible and the quest to know where we belong to. Secondly, I
want to warn that science without religion, although celebrated as a
liberation by some, has its dangers, especially when science claims
to have the monopoly on truth.
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