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Pasteur

Louis Pasteur was the inventor of the process of Pasteurization - one of the biggest breakthroughs ever for preventing disease. He is supposed to have said: "A little science takes you away from God but a lot of science takes you back to him."

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except for the "Creationists" who like to continue a struggle and make the news
the God v Science case has been long settled
if the Spirit gives inspiration then scientists are doing "the work of God"

Hildegard of Bingen in her canticle of the Spirit says "I am the yearning for good"
and that is the goal of science


'the God v Science case has been long settled' Has it?
except for Creationists who cling to a literal meaning of scriptural texts
most christians here in the USA have no problem with science

most people here embrace the good things scientists have given to the world
where is there competition between god and the intelligence he has given humankind?
Unfortunately, I don't think it's as settled as people like us would have hoped. It was a settled issue, but all the Abrahamic religions are having a problem with resurgent fundamentalist worldviews, and Creationism is part and parcel of that.

But coming back to 's point, here's a quotation I like from Dr Joseph Herman Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1913–1946:
Nor is the Biblical account of the creation of man irreconcilable with the view that certain forms of organized being have been endowed with the capacity of developing, in God's good time and under the action of suitable environment, the attributes distinctive of man. 'God formed man of the dust of the ground' (Gen. I, 7). Whence that dust was taken is not, and cannot be, of fundamental importance. Science holds that man was formed from the lower animals; are they not too 'dust of the ground'? `And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature'—this command, says the Midrash, includes Adam as well. The thing that eternally matters is the breath of Divine and everlasting life that He breathed into the being coming from the dust. By virtue of that Divine impact, a new and distinctive creature made its appearance—man, dowered with an immortal soul. The sublime revelation of the unique worth and dignity of man, contained in Gen. I, 27 ('And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him'), may well be called the Magna Carta of humanity. Its purpose is not to explain the biological origins of the human race, but its spirited kinship with God. There is much force in the view expressed by a modern thinker: '(The Bible) neither provides, nor, in the nature of things, could provide, faultless anticipations of sciences still unborn. If by a miracle it had provided them, without a miracle they could not have been understood' (Balfour). And fully to grasp the eternal power and infinite beauty of these words—'And God created man in His own image'—we need but compare them with the genealogy of man, condensed from the pages of one of the leading biologists of the age (Haeckel):—
'Monera begat Amoeba, Amoeba begat Synamoebae, Synamoebae begat Ciliated Larva, Ciliated Larva begat Primeval Stomach Animals, Primeval Stomach Animals begat Gliding Worms, Gliding Worms begat Skull-less Animals, Skull-less Animals begat Single-nostrilled Animals, Single-nostrilled Animals begat Primeval Fish, Primeval Fish begat Mud-fish, Mud-fish begat Gilled Amphibians, Gilled Amphibians begat Tailed Amphibians, Tailed Amphibians begat Primary Mammals, Primary Mammals begat Pouched Animals, Pouched Animals begat Semi-Apes, Semi-Apes begat Tailed Apes, Tailed Apes begat Man-like Apes, Man-like Apes begat Ape-like Men, Ape-like Men begat Men.'
Let anyone who is disturbed by the fact that Scripture does not include the latest scientific doctrine, try to imagine such information provided in a Biblical chapter.
I came to this belatedly. Thank you for it. I must confess I need a little time to assimilate it.