Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pope on the Limits of the Sciences

"They cannot satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart, they cannot fully explain to us our origin and our destiny, why and for what purpose we exist, nor indeed can they provide us with an exhaustive answer to the question, 'Why is there something rather than nothing?'" — Holy Father addresses 'question' of existence.

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4 Comments:

Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

Still & all, as an avid consumer of popularized science writing, I'm grateful to live in a time where we understand so much more about the universe than we used to.

4:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if there is no (intentional) reason for our existence?

9:12 AM  
Blogger Tommy said...

Coincidentally, for me, your next item, the Spem in Alium, does satisfy, does explain and does provide.

I do understand someone counting that as meaningless. Further, I'm not above habitually calling it "Hope for Garlic."

2:52 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

The Sanity Inspector writes : "I'm grateful to live in a time where we understand so much more about the universe than we used to."

We have a greater abundance of empirical data, but we as a people know less because of the innumerable false assumptions made because of the presumption that increase in precision is the same as knowledge.

We are a land of technicians mistaking technical expertise with that of understanding the underlying science.

9:42 AM  

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