“The problem is rather that the supposedly ‘secular’ world invents its own liturgies, with pretensions every bit as ‘sacred’ as those of the Christian liturgy, and these liturgies can come to rival the church’s liturgy for our bodies and our minds.”
“The other half—the one that’s missing here—is a thirst for new and unfamiliar ways of seeing; which is to say, curiosity.”
To this: “But we can stop framing the issue in terms of Inalienable Science vs. Stupid Naysayers, and be more open about the particular, very human process by which laboratory findings become public knowledge. That openness might include teaching kids a bit of philosophy as part of their science classes”, we can only say, amen.
"...O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity..." -W.B. Yeats