Emmanuel Macron considers "desirable" that reason and religion can "live side by side, sometimes even feed themselves". "I deeply believe that there can be continuities between God and science, religion and reason", affirms the Head of State, in a text published Tuesday by the site of

L'Express

in full debate on the conspiracy. “Yes, science and God, reason and religion can therefore live side by side, sometimes even feed each other. This is even desirable, so much the aspiration for reason and the need for transcendence coexist in each of us, ”he adds in this text which will appear on Thursday.

Thanks to secularism which "makes this rich cohabitation possible", France "will continue to be an infinitely rational and resolutely spiritual nation.

Nation of citizens free to criticize and free to believe, ”concludes the president.

"The advent of the era of" everything is worth "disqualifies the authority of the researcher"

Emmanuel Macron begins the text by vigorously defending science: "undoubtedly, humanity has never needed it so much" to face the Covid-19 pandemic. And yet, “the questioning of scientific discourse has continued to develop in our societies. Conspiracy is gaining ground and is taking more and more extreme forms, as evidenced by the growing influence of the QAnon movement ”, underlines the president. “Religious fundamentalism, and its totalizing explanations which privilege faith over reason, belief over knowledge and exclude constructive doubt, is becoming more and more significant,” he adds.

According to the Head of State, "the advent of the era of" everything is worth "every day disqualifies a little more the authority of the researcher, whose word is put on the same level as that of the commentators".

Emmanuel Macron therefore wants "the whole nation to mobilize to oppose conspiracy, enlightened reasoning, relativism the culture of facts and the recognition of scientific authority, fundamentalism a Republic firm in its defense, strong in its values , nourished by its debates ”.

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Since the start of the five-year term, Emmanuel Macron, who said he believed in 2016 in the existence of "a transcendence", has repeatedly referred to religious issues during meetings with the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic or, more recently, protestant.

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