(17 Feb 1803 - 27 Mar 1875)
French historian and poet who contributed to liberalism in France. He was controversial in his views supporting the oppressed nationalities of Europe, attacking Roman Catholiscism, and banishing religious instruction from schools. He wrote works on the history of religion. In his last years he lauded the advances of science as in La Création (1870) and L’Esprit Nouveau (1874; “The New Spirit”).
Science Quotes by Edgar Quinet (1 quote)
Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great.
— Edgar Quinet
In Fourth Lecture, 'The Roman Church and Science: Galileo', (7 May 1844). Collected in Edgar Quinet and C. Cocks (trans.), Ultramontanism: Or, The Roman Church and Modern Society (1845), 73.