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    What does this sentence mean?

    Hello. Can you please explain this sentence? I can't get the meaning:

    Science has conducted God to it's frontiers, thanking him for his provisional services.


    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Welcome to the forum, Actinium.

    Please tell us the source and author of this very odd sentence. For one thing, it's should be its.

    Without more context we can only guess at the meaning, and we don't waste our time guessing.

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    #3

    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    It's a quotation from Heinrich Caro, a German scientist. He was suggesting that science was pushing superstition and religious belief out of its domain. The idea of a deity had been a useful one for a time, but that time was now past.

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    #4

    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Actinium, you have the explanation now and Piscean has quoted the source for you. Please remember in future that you must give the source and author of any text in post #1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The idea of a deity had been a useful one for a time,
    Does his provisional services refer to the blessings that the idea of a deity brought to mankind?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    It has nothing to do with blessings. It's just a humorous/businesslike way of saying "Thanks for everything you've done up to now. We'll take it from here."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It has nothing to do with blessings. It's just a humorous/businesslike way of saying "Thanks for everything you've done up to now. We'll take it from here."
    So did the author, in a humorous/businesslike manner, say goodbye to the idea of a deity, with the sentence in question?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Yes, as Piscean indicated in post #3.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's a quotation from Heinrich Caro, a German scientist. He was suggesting that science was pushing superstition and religious belief out of its domain. The idea of a deity had been a useful one for a time, but that time was now past.
    Thank you very much. Another question: Does "conduct" in this sentence mean "push out" or "adjust"?
    and does "thanking" refer to "science"?

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    #10

    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    'Conduct' means take/lead/escort. It is Science that is thanking God.

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