by Eunice Minford | Photograph by Alan Johnston |
Albert Einstein, one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century and a world-renowned scientist, was also deeply religious. It was he who said that:
‘science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind’
He recognised the profound interconnectivity of these two disciplines, in the process exposing the futility and utter ignorance and arrogance of those who choose to hold either one supreme.
Neither science nor religion alone can provide
all the answers to life and the world we live in.
Today, there are those who champion science as the only way to know and understand anything and who give no credence to other ways of knowing outside that sphere. Their dogmatic and fundamentalist scientific perspective is as rigid and ignorant as that of the most ardent religious fundamentalists they decry – a case of the blind challenging the blind.