When science stops- Scripture begins


Once there was a story of a professor of astronomy who was enthusiastically discoursing in a planetarium on the nebulae and like marvels. Noticing an unpretentious priest who had joined his group of students, the professor asked him:

‘What do your Scriptures say about cosmic space and its myriad stars?’ Instead of giving a direct answer the priest in turn posed a question. ‘Tell me, Professor,’ he said, ‘do you think that science will invent still more powerful telescopes to see even farther into the firmament?’ ‘Of course progress is possible and science will always be perfecting apparatus for exploring outer space,’ replied the astronomer.

‘There is hope, then, that one day you will have telescopes that can show all there is in the cosmos, down to the last detail?’ ‘That would be impossible- the cosmos is infinite,’ replied the scientist. ‘So there is a limit to science?’ ‘Yes, in that sense, there is.’ ‘Well, Professor,’ said the priest, ‘where your science comes to a full stop, ours begins, and that is what our Scriptures tell of.’

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