Science, Religion, and the New Biology

  • George P. SmithII


Science has been defined as, “intelligence in action with no holds barred.”1 It began as the simple pursuit of truth, but today is fast becoming incompatible with veracity, quite simply because complete veracity leads to a form of complete scientific skepticism.2 Science was originally recognized, and indeed valued, as a method to know and understand the world.3 Ever since the time of the Arabs, “science has had but two simple functions: to enable us to know and learn about things and to thereby assist us in doing things.”4 Now, as a consequence of the development of the scientific method and the triumph of technique, since it is viewed as a means of changing the world.5 Probabilities are at the center of scientific inquiry. As such, an absolute form of truth is not within its scope of realization. Yet, science can yield such a high degree of probability that it becomes a certainty for all practical purposes.6


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  • George P. SmithII
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  1. 1.The Catholic University of America School of LawUSA

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