Sunday, January 2, 2022

Spiritual Quote of the Day (Jurgen Moltmann, on the Unintended Consequences of the Conquest of Nature)

“If human beings cannot control the power over nature which they acquire through science, they have still not learned wisdom. If the conquest of nature – the subjugation of the earth and other created beings – is the goal of scientific and technological civilization, then it is not surprising that all other living things should encounter human beings with fear and trembling. Those who set themselves up to be nature's masters and possessors, and forget that they themselves are merely part of nature, destroy nature and, in the end, annihilate themselves.”—German Reformed theologian Jurgen Moltmann, “Science and Wisdom,” originally published in Theology Today, July 2001, reprinted in The Best Christian Writing 2002, edited by John Wilson (2002)

(The accompanying photo of Jurgen Moltmann was taken in his home in Tubingen, Germany, in August 2020, by Idar Kjolsvik.)

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