existentialism

Of Sagan, Science, and Sisyphus

Of Sagan, Science, and Sisyphus

Atheism, Creation, culture, Education, existentialism, Human Condition, mind, Mystery, Nature, Philosophy, Religion, Science, spirit, Spirituality, Theology, world
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, subtler, more elegant?" Instead, they say "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way." A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot The late Prof. Carl Sagan no doubt intended his question and the comments thereafter to be purely rhetorical. Given that they occurred in printed form and not in a “real-time” lecture or conversation, that is no doubt understandable. But Prof. Sagan’s remark about religion’s reticence