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The Credo Pages

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"Après bientôt deux siècles de luttes passionnées, ni la Science ni la Foi ne sont parvenues à se diminuer l’une l’autre ; mais, bien au contraire, il devient manifeste que l’une sans l’autre elles ne pourraient se développer normalement : et ceci pour la simple raison qu’une même vie les anime toutes les deux. Ni dans son élan, en effet, ni dans ses constructions, la Science ne peut aller aux limites d’elle-même sans se colorer de mystique et se charger de Foi."
[Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Le Phénomène humain]*

"After close on two centuries of passionate struggles, neither science nor faith has succeeded in discrediting its adversary. On the contrary it becomes obvious that neither can develop normally without the other. And the reason is simple: the same life animates both. Neither in its impetus nor its achievements can science go to its limits without becoming tinged with mysticism and charged with faith."
[Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man]*

* This was first published in French in 1955 in Paris (Editions du Seuil). The English translation by Bernard Wall, with an Introduction by Julian Huxley, was published in 1959 in London (William Collins & Co, Ltd.) and New York (Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated); the translation above is taken from the latter edition.

Regrettably, while religion can bring out the best in people, it can also, as events in recent years have so graphically shown, bring out the worst. While it could and, in my opinion, should be a force for peace, those claiming to be religious are, alas, often eristic. I do not intend to offend anyone in these pages, and I ask, please, not to receive offensive mailing.

I do not expect all visitors to agree with me; but I do ask you to respect my beliefs, just as I respect the beliefs of others.

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