Science Like A Religion

Never were as many men of a decidedly empiricist proclivity in existence as there are at the present day. Our children, one may say, are almost born scientific. But our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout. Now take a man of this type, and let him be also a philosophic amatuer, unwilling to mix a hodge-podge system after the fashion of a common layman, and what does he find his situation to be, in the blessed year of our Lord 1906? He wants facts; he wants science; but he also wants religion.

  • Pg 6, Pragmatism – William James, ISBN 978-0-7607-4996-8
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