It may seem odd that the pursuit of spiritual curiosity and following the path of faith has also given us science too. So many people think that science disproves faith but that is not the case at all. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding is the very heart of the true spiritual path. You do not have to leave your intellect at the church door to be a person of faith. Faith always seeks understanding and it is people of faith who have been at the forefront of the scientific enterprise. Science has led us to discover that “beneath the surface hubbub and seeming random chaos of the natural world, there is an abstract order that cannot be seen or felt but can be deduced by the human mind” (Paul Davies- The Goldilocks Enigma).
As we discover that we are that part of the Universe (perhaps uniquely in the great vastness of time and space), that can observe itself and reflect on how glorious the creation is. If it were not for Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Feynman, Hubble, Hoyle and Hawking, those who have taken the road less travelled and have dared to think outside the box, we would be less able to celebrate the glories of the Universe to the extent that we now can.