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Owen Gingerich, born 1930, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University

Owen Gingerich

“There is no incompatibility between science and religion. Both are seeking the same truth. Science shows that God exists.” “Our universe is infinitely large and infinitely small. It is infinite in time past and time future. We can never understand infinity. It is the ultimate truth, which is God.” “When scientists can make numerous repeatable experiments or observations, they establish truth. Religion seldom wishes to make experiments and the truth that is accepted is often divine intervention of God in the affairs of man. However, what is written is written by man, with the liability of human frailty. The observations and experiments of science are so wonderful that the truth they establish can surely be accepted as another manifestation of God. God shows himself by allowing man to establish truth.”

“There have frequently been occasions when I was able to imagine truth that seems to have been hidden from others. Was I an instrument, of modest dimensions, chosen by God? I, of course, do not know. Also, I have no understanding of life after death. Man has always wanted to believe that there is another form of life, a place where the soul would find a welcome. There is room for this hope, but it surely will not be in a form that we can, in our human frailty, imagine or understand.”

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