Mathews on scientific presuppositions

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The really critical moment for a religion is when it is challenged by a new social mind to give reasons for its existence. Such moments come when a social order becomes so complicated that the old authorities and customs no longer furnish unquestioned moral guidance. The supreme issue is not forced by science alone. Scientific method is not necessarily the enemy of religious faith for, whether consciously or not, it presupposes faith in working hypotheses rather than absolute knowledge.

–Shailer Mathews, The Atonement and the Social Process

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