(YouTube)

Physicist Lawrence Krauss argues science (and society) outgrew religion

"Parents are useful for children, but the whole point is children grow up and move beyond their parents"


follow us in feedly
Joanna Rothkopf
May 29, 2015 9:30PM (UTC)

Earlier this month, theoretical physicist and prominent atheist Lawrence Krauss accepted the American Humanist Association's "Humanist of the Year" award. At the ceremony, Krauss was confronted by a member of the Long Now Foundation, which is currently compiling a "Manual for Civilization," meant to consist of books "most essential to sustain or rebuild civilization."

The representative wanted to know if the Bible should be included with these essential texts.

Advertisement:

"If you ask what are the great books or what are books that have been important in human history, certainly religious books have been very important," Krauss responded. "The role that philosophy has played is also somewhat true of religion. Religion was a precursor to science."

"People point that out to me and say, 'You know, Newton was religious.' The point is -- well, first of all, in that time the church was the National Science Foundation. It was the only place to get an education; it was the only place to fund research," he continued. "But that’s fine. It is okay to have a relationship, but you grow up. Parents are useful for children, but the whole point is children grow up and move beyond their parents — we certainly hope that’s the case.”

Watch his full response below:


Joanna Rothkopf

MORE FROM Joanna RothkopfFOLLOW @joannarothkopf

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

American Humanist Association Lawrence Krauss Religion Science Society Video

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••


Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •