Mystery, Awe and Wonder in Faith and Science

Awe is a vital dimension of life, but one that is often ignored in our day.† Without awe life becomes flat and people become hollow.† Science reveals a world filled with mystery and wonder.† Mystery is truth that is bigger than us.† Mystery is not a problem or riddle to be solved.† With mystery, the more we learn, the more we realize how much more there is that we donít know.† Mystery inspires awe, which invites us to enter into mystery and celebrate the wonder that is all around us.

The most beautiful and deepest experience a [person] can have is the sense of the mysterious.† It is the underlying principle of religion as well as of all serious endeavor in art and in science ... [The one] who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.† The sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as feeble reflection, this is religiousness.† In this sense I am religious.† To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that there is.†

††††††††††††† Albert Einstein, "My Credo" 1932.

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