It was on this day in 1533 that Galileo Galilei, then 70 years old, was confined to the residence of the Tuscan ambassador to Rome while the Inquisition inquired into his heresy that the earth orbits the sun. Although he was allowed to reside with the archbishop of Siena in June and return to his home in Florence in December, he spent the remainder of his life under house arrest for asserting a fact of nature. Here are some thoughts on the conflict between science and religion.The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
- Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
- Lyman Beecher, 1775 - 1863
The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882
Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.
- Freeman John Dyson
The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories both of religion and science. But he regards these theories not as statements of ultimate fact but as art-forms.
- J. B. S. Haldane, 1892 - 1964
It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.
- Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642
From Quotes Of The Day