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Tesla to become a saint

  1. Jul 26, 2012 #1
    Well, I just read that Nikola Tesla could become a saint. It's in my native language so I translated it to English.
    Here's the link to the English version: http://followscience.blogspot.com/2012/07/tesla-to-be-canonised.html
    At the bottom of the post, you can find the link to the original text in Serbian.

    So, what are your thoughts on this? I don't really like mixing religion and science, but if it's going to popularize science, it might be a good thing.
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  3. Jul 26, 2012 #2


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    IIRC to become a saint the person must have lead a "holy" life and there must be miracles associated to them after death. I know of lots of conspiracy theories surrounding Tesla but no miracles.

    Also sainthood isn't all that cracked up. Many saints were horrific people, like Saint Thomas More who allowed torture and execution by fire of people for crimes as minor as owning a Bible in English.

    Finally, in my personal opinion this (if true) is the type of common political play performed by fundamentalists to take some of the credit for scientific accomplishment and therefore gain a veneer of credibility in scientific fields.
  4. Jul 26, 2012 #3


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    He wasn't religious...

    There is some online petition to the Serbian Orthodox church requesting that he be a saint, but that wouldn't make him a saint outside that church, so it would be meaningless to most of the world anyway.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012
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