Science and Religion


IT would not be difficult to come to an agreement as to what we understand by science. Science is the century-old endeavour to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thorough-going an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at the posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization. But when asking myself what religion is, I cannot think of the answer so easily. Even after finding an answer which may satisfy me at this particular moment, I still remain convinced that I can never in any circumstances bring together, even to a slight extent, all those who have given this question serious consideration.

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EINSTEIN, A. Science and Religion. Nature 146, 605–607 (1940).

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