by Isaac Asimov
Foundation Religion Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)
"Surely, he didn't call it radioactive synthetics, now?"
"I guess not! It was the Holy Food to him."
[Hardin] smiled. "Go on." (III.2.15-17)
It's all in the way you say it. "Radioactive synthetics" just lacks that pizzazz. Now, Holy Food? That's got a spicy, mythological flavor.
Lepold said confusedly, "I mean, if there were really a Galactic Spirit, he…uh…it mightn't like it. Don't you think?" (III.3.65)
Perhaps the best example of why Hardin went with religion to mask his science power grab. Even the King, who fears no man in his kingdom, is afraid of a deity he really believes in. Brilliant, Hardin, brilliant!
Bort considered. "Ethically, it's fine. It scarcely varies from the various philosophies of the old Empire. High moral standards and all that. There's nothing to complain about from that viewpoint. Religion is one of the great civilizing influences of history […]—" (III.4.16)
All right, we'll admit it.Foundation probably doesn't paint religion in the best light, but that doesn't mean it has nothing good to say about the subject matter. For your approval, we present this quote as evidence.