Field of Science

John Polkinghorne's "Belief in God in an Age of Science"

A book I have been enjoying recently is John Polkinghorne's "Belief in God in an Age of Science." Polkinghorne who died recently was a noted theoretical physicist who was also a theologian. Unlike Polkinghorne I am an atheist, but he makes a good case for why religion, science, poetry, art, literature should all be welcomed as sources for truth about the universe and about human beings. A quote I particularly like from it:

"If we are seeking to serve the God of truth then we should really welcome truth from whatever source it comes. We shouldn’t fear the truth. Some of it will be from science, obviously, but by no means all of it. It will sometimes be perplexing, how this bit of truth relates to that bit of truth; we know that within science itself often enough and we find it outside of science as well. The crucial thing is to be honest.”
I would quibble with the catch-all definition of truth in Polkinghorne's quote (scientific "truth" by its very nature is tentative) but otherwise agree. In my scientific career I have found this as well. Often Tolstoy or the Bhagavad Gita or Bach have taught me deep truths about human beings that I never saw in any physics or chemistry or mathematics textbook. The great thing about human life is its diversity. Science is the most important thing that enriches it, but it's not the only one. That's a good thing. These multiple sources of diversity should keep us busy for as long as there is a human species.