Quote of the day…Max Planck

Posted on December 14, 2018 By

Max Planck

“Both religion and science require a belief in God. For believers, God is in the beginning, and for physicists He is at the end of all considerations… To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.”

“There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other. Every serious and reflective person realizes, I think, that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony. And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.”

Max Planck, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who made the crucial scientific contribution of founding quantum physics. Planck was a devout Christian and a member of the Lutheran Church in Germany.

Religion and Natural Science (Lecture Given 1937) Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (New York, 1949), pp. 184


  1. Jeff Mwangi says:

    Dear Scott,
    I’m not trying to rebut your point but towards the end of his life, Max Planck became a deist. I wanted to correct that. He was certainly not an atheist nor an ally to atheism or any worldview attached to naturalism. Maybe he lost his faith as the man suffered a lot of painful losses during his lifetime from his daughters, wife and to his son. I just wanted to point that out. At the end of the day, Max Planck saw that a spirit which is the matrix of all matter.

  2. carol Burmeis says:

    Are you a close relative?

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