Prof S. H. Nasr University Professor of Islamic Studies
Renowned authority on Religious Studies
I have gone over “The Scientist and the Saint” and find it a very serious book. I hope that it will be widely read by those interested in the religion-science debate and that the book will receive a warm reception in general.
Catherine Schuon Widow of Frithjof Schuon
A precious book on Science and Tradition, very well conceived and designed…
Prof. Grazia Marchiano Scholar of Comparative Aesthetics and Indian and Buddhist studies
Widow and editor of Elémire Zolla’s collected works in Italian
“The Scientist and the Saint” is exactly the work I would have convincingly written myself with the same approach to science and spirituality. … my deep esteem and admiration for this monumental work.
Josep M. Prats Chief editor of the journal Sophia Perennis.
Cuadernos de estudios tradicionales. —-
Through a vast number of quotations from “saints and sages” of diverse time periods and world traditions, linked with great naturalness and profound commentaries, the author successfully communicates to the reader an overwhelming evidence of the vision of God, man, and the universe supported by what we might call the “Unanimous Tradition”.
It also shows in an impeccable manner that science is one thing and another, very different, the scientists’ ideology that seeks to reduce all reality to the material limits set by a reductive and limiting vision. A monumental work that should be known by anyone seeking sincerely to find the true meaning of existence as it gives access to the authentic wisdom that constitutes the most precious heritage of humanity.
David Lorimer Programme Director Scientific and Medical Network
Editor, Paradigm Explorer (Published in Paradigm Explorer 127 | www.scimednet.org)
This magisterial work can be unreservedly recommended to serious students of the relationship between science, spirituality and mysticism. Immense in scope and drawing on a wide range of literature, including French, Spanish and Italian as well as English, the book is a brilliant and cogent statement of… read more
Dr. Mehrdad M. Zarandi Editor of Science and the Myth of Progress
This is a work that could be “classified” according to different rubrics—history of science, history of philosophy, metaphysics, religion, cosmology, sociology—because it concerns several fields. But its importance in fact goes far beyond the rather limitative criteria of current academic categories. The substance of this work is a contrast of… read more
Leslie Cadavid Translator and editor of books and articles on religion and mysticism —-
Review of The Scientist and the Saint: The Limits of Science and the Testimony of Sages
As its title suggests, this monumental resource and critical analysis addresses the confrontation of science and religion, of materialism and spirituality, of the Cartesian versus the Sapiential and Traditional worldview using extensive sources from both east and west, ancient and modern times. An important resource for college, university, and seminary school students. The author argues that…
the spiritual path to realization or union with God and the scientific method are both based on practice and on trial and error. Saints and sages from every tradition and since time immemorial have realized the spiritual Goal based on a Sacred Science expounded in a “theory” or doctrine, therefore their testimonies should, in all logic, be considered just as relevant and true as the scientific discoveries and theories developed over the last 200 years and widely accepted as dogma; however, religion has been largely discarded in this day and age partly due to the degeneration of its institutions and partly due to being eclipsed by the scientific worldview, and thus many who seek a meaning to their lives find themselves without a coherent basis or guide. A book for those who, while believing in God (or Spirit or the Divine) have difficulty imagining any means of knowledge other than the modern scientific dogma. With chapters on Science, Evolution, Subjectivity, the Mind and Consciousness, Evil, Death, and Testimonies of Sages, this work exposes in a marvelous and challenging way the innate limits of the scientific reductionist outlook, and provides the reader with the historical causes of our current ignorance of the spiritual or of any reality outside the rational, measurable, and quantifiable. In the final chapter the author eloquently describes the plight of those who feel the need for the spiritual dimension, for the sacred, for transcending themselves, and encourages us to commence the journey to our true homeland, centre, and origin.
Deborah Bell Translator
The Scientist and the Saint juxtaposes the arguments of scientists and the testimony of saints and sages to contrast two opposing world views. But what is…
invaluable in this compendium of quotations is that the literally hundreds of scientists citedoften put into very question the modern popular scientific paradigmand in doing so reveal the shakiness of its foundations in the realms of itsmethod,models,totalitarian impact on nature, technologyand materialism , its theories of evolution and reductionism, and its physicalist view of consciousness .
The second half of the book reveals how the study and understanding of consciousness has been the preeminent field of enquiry in Indian thought for millennia , delving, as it does, into inner states of consciousness to elucidate their many layers.The result of this is knowledge of the nature and the role of the Intellect and the path to its purification as born out by the experience of saints and sages.
This is a very useful, thoroughand unique work for all seeking an authoritative critique of modern science and a better understanding of the things science cannot explain such as being, consciousness and happiness.