Bonhoeffer: God and scientific knowledge

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It has again brought home to me quite clearly how wrong it is to use God as a stop-gap for the incompleteness of our knowledge. If in fact the frontiers of knowledge are being pushed further and further back (and that is bound to be the case), then God is being pushed back with them, and is therefore continually in retreat. We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know; God wants us to realize his presence, not in unsolved problems but in those that are solved.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letter to Eberhard Bethge on 29 May 1944

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Arthur Stanley Eddington on atheists and scotsmen

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I could no more ram religious conviction into an atheist than I could ram a joke into a Scotchman. The only hope of ‘converting’ the latter is that through contact with merry-minded companions he may begin to realize that he is missing something in life which is worth attaining. Probably in the recesses of his solemn mind there exists inhibited the seed of humour, awaiting an awakening by such am impulse. The same advice would seem to apply to the propagation of religion; it has, I believe, the merit of being entirely orthodox advice.

Arthur S Eddington, (Britsch astrophysists) “The Nature of the Physical World”, 1935

 

Georges Lemaitre on the Christian scientist

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He (the Christian researcher) knows that not one thing in all creation has been done without God, but he knows also that God nowhere takes the place of his creatures.
Omnipresent divine activity is everywhere essentially hidden.
It never had to be a question of reducing the supreme Being to the rank of a scientific hypothesis.

George Lemaître, Astrophysicist and Catholic priest

Wittgenstein on God and the meaning of life

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On 08 July 1916, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s entry in his Notebooks 1914-1916 reads”

“To believe in a God means to understand the question about the meaning of life. To believe in a God means to see that the facts of the world are not the end of the matter. To believe in God means to see that life has a meaning.”

An einen Gott glauben heißt, die Frage nach dem Sinn des Lebens verstehen. An einen Gott glauben, heißt sehen, dass es mit den Tatsachen der Welt noch nicht getan ist. An einen Gott glauben, heißt sehen, dass das Leben einen Sinn hat.

– Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tagebucheintrag 8. Juli 1916