Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sad cases among the modern physicists!

Next week at church I am going to review The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (1941). It is a highly amusing series of letters from Satan to his nephew, a devil in training. While re-reading it I came across this nice passage at the end of the first letter:
Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can't touch and see. There have been sad cases among the modern physicists. If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don't let him get away from that invaluable "real life". But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is "the results of modem investigation".

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