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Extrait de l’entrevue A Christian in Science accordée par Pierre Dansereau à Adrienne Clarkson dans le cadre de l’émission radiophonique First Person, 1966.
Production : CBC.
Université du Québec à Montréal. Service des archives et de gestion des documents.
Fonds d’archives Pierre-Dansereau, 22P6a/8.

Question d’Adrienne Clarkson: An ecologist studies living things, plants, animals and men, and the relationship between living things and their environment. The interests of ecologists like Pierre Dansereau include the social sciences. The city, for instance, can be considered a living organism with a cycle of life just like a forest. Pierre Dansereau, who has lectured at the University of Michigan and at the University of Montreal, is now head of the Department of Ecology at the New York Botanical Garden. He is an outstanding scientist and a Christian, a man of wide-ranging interests. As I now understand it, ecology considers man as a part of the process of nature. How do you reconcile this with a Christian point of view which regards man as somewhat apart from nature?

Réponse de Pierre Dansereau: Well, I don’t know that THE Christian point of view, if there is A Christian point of view, must consider man as apart from nature. I’m not sure that there’s any fundamental contradiction between the findings of ecologists or indeed of sociologists or of philosophers concerning man’s place in nature and man’s role in controlling nature and man’s destiny as a privileged being. I think all of theses aspects under which we can consider ourselves, the human species, are, have been developed at various successive levels, and that one can well superimpose upon the findings of science the views of Christianity.

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