Sunday 24 September 2017

Courage to move from horizon to horizon

• There is a popular expectation that we will all steadily discard traditional attachments in the face of the advances of science. This fails to see that it is what we do with science that will make the difference; the sciences can describe how the world is, but it is for us to prescribe how the world ought to be.

There is something odd about our preoccupation with being absolutely certain about everything and being mesmerised by science or often by quasi scientific speculation.

There is always a temptation to harvest so-called certainties, protect them, achieve power to impose them, silencing those that question them. The suppression of dissent or the ignoring of it lies at the heart of weaknesses in church and state.

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