Studies in Reconciliation, pt 1

Studies in Reconciliation, pt 1

Fundamentalists have at least one characteristic in common with most scientists. Neither can understand that poetic and religious imagination has a way of arriving at truth by giving a clue to the total meaning of things without being in any sense an analytic description of detailed facts. The fundamentalists insist that religion is science, and thus they prompt those who know that that this is not true to declare that all religious truth is contrary to scientific fact.

How can an age which is so void of poetic imagination as ours be truly religious?

Reinhold Niebuhr, Notebook of a Tamed Cynic

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