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Religion and Science: A Symbiosis I 37 modern art and literature; from the "two cultures" problem outlined by C. P. Snow; from the burgeoning, irrational hatred of technology; and from the widespread, haunting feeling that "mankind is at the helm of a black ship bound for hell."74 The malaise is curable, though, and religion can prescribe the specifics of the cure. What is required as a condition of understanding is intellectual humility and submissiveness coupled with a childlike and faithful curiosity. The medicine, it is said, tastes bitter at first, but comes in time to be quite agreeable. And if enthusiasm for trying the cure is wanting, we need only remember that the disease gives every indication of being fatal. Recommended Reading For those interested in further pursuit of this and related subjects, I would suggest the following books, which are arranged roughly in order of personal prejudice. Jacques Barzun, Science, the Glorious Entertainment Owen Barfield, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry (p)* Stanley L. Jaki, The Relevance of Physics ]. Bronowski, Science and Human Values (p) Michael Polanyi, Science, Faith and Society (p) * Available in paperback. Notes 1Quoted by Stanley L. Jaki, The Relevance of Physics (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, iq66), p. 457. ^Science, the Glorious Entertainment (New York: Harper and Row, 1964), p. 24. Hbid. Hbid. 5Hugh W. Nibley, "Archaeology and Our Religion," unpublished paper. 6For an introduction to the fascinating activities of the philosophes, see Herbert Butterfield, The Origins of Modern Science (London: G. Bell and Sons, 1950), Chap. IX. 7C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Macmillan, 1966), and Jaki, op. cit., Chap. IX, "Physics and Ethics." 8Hugh Nibley, "New Discoveries Concerning the Bible and Church History," (Provo: Brig. Young Univ. Press, 1963), and "The Expanding Gospel," BYU Studies, 7:3-27. 9Charles Singer, A Short History of Scientific Ideas to igoo (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1959)/ P- 420. 10While I have epitomized Galileo as the man whose thought marks the boundary between ancient or medieval and modern science, I think it is important to realize that he, like Newton after him, was "standing on the shoulders of giants." For accounts of Galileo's intellectual precursors, see, for example: E. J. Dijksterhuis, The Mechanization of the World Picture, trans. C. Dikshoorn (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1961).