Science, Religion and Human Nature

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By: Julian S. Huxley

Sir Julian S. Huxley
Sir Julian S. Huxley

Delivered at Conway Hall on 1 October 1930. Chaired by Sir Arthur Keith.

Religion is not a divine revelation but a function of human nature, and one capable of modification and improvement. Science too is a function of human nature: it is a way of descriptively ordering our experience of the external world and of increasing our practical control over it. Religion, emanating as it does from human beings, remains significant even if theology is rejected, because it deals with human destiny and has a feeling for the sacred. However, in performing these roles, it can take many different forms. There are lots of psychological observations to be made about the various types of religious thought and practice.

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