A Quote by Alvin R. Dyer on appreciation, atoms, deception, discovery, earth, facts, god, greatness, knowledge, life, philosophy, power, science, scientists, spirit, spirituality, truth, understanding, universe, and youth

The real scientist will realize that TRUTH has many avenues of approach to its many phases, and that spiritual truths are to be sought after even more determinedly than others which have to do with this life and earth only. It must be recognized when they do this that spiritual truths are not found on the drawing board or in test tubes. The pursuit of such prescribes that the things of man are understood by the spirit and perceptions of man while the things of God are made known by the revelations of God. Man in and of himself cannot find them out. Yet they are obtained by search-the search for truth, yes, spiritual truth. The youth in particular must not be deceived by the elementary discoveries that have been made by science in many fields. Rockets, missiles and their great potentiality are amazing to us all, but very minute when compared to the majesty of the universe. The real scientist would probably be the first to acknowledge the minor things that have been done thus far as a result of the discovery of atomic and hydrogen power. The fact that they have been able to draw on materials and sources of things already there is perhaps the best evidence of the greatness of God and the virtual nothingness of man thus far exhibited in his pursuits of knowledge. When we attempt to develop a true philosophy of life, one of the first things to do is to gain a full appreciation and understanding of God.

Alvin R. Dyer (1903 - 1977)

Source: at BYU, April 7, 1964

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