Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Quotation: John Baillie

A high degree of probability is the most that can be claimed for any scientific result. Yet, the strange fact is that I have more confidence in what common sense and pre-scientific experience tell me about my natural environment than in any of the things I have learned from science. I have, for example, a greater degree of assurance of the honesty and loyalty of some of my friends than I have of the validity of any scientific doctrine and still more secure is my conviction that honesty and loyalty are things required of us.

Professor John Baillie, quoted in George Carey, Why I Believe in a Personal God: The Credibility of Faith in a Doubting Culture (Wheaton, Illinois: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1989), p. 20