Original Research - Special Collection: Wentzel van Huyssteen

The Pale Blue Dot and the knowledge systems of science and religion

Wessel Bentley
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 42, No 2 | a2368 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v42i2.2368 | © 2021 Wessel Bentley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 September 2021 | Published: 06 December 2021

About the author(s)

Wessel Bentley, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


Images, symbols and metaphors are synonymous with the human attempt to makes sense of truths that exceed the limitations of our rigid contextual delineations. In order to comprehend the deeper meanings gained through these tools we are required to employ imagination, cognitive vulnerability, and openness to the idea that there is more to life, reality and meaning than what meets the eye. This article uses the image named Pale Blue Dot as an iconic symbol, exploring the coexistence of science and religion.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article argues that coexistence and cooperation between science and religion is not only a responsible approach in the search for meaning, but is the ideal that reflects the limitations of our knowledge systems in a universe that far exceeds our current understanding and truth convictions.


Pale Blue Dot; epistemology; science and religion; truths; transcendence; metaphor


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