Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Darwin was not Anti-God, Nor is God Anti-Science

Might as well start using "God" and "nature" as conflatable terms, if you ask me.


1. “The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.” (Autobiography)

2. “It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist.” (Letter to John Fordyce, May 7 1879)

3. “I hardly see how religion & science can be kept as distinct as [Edward Pusey] desires… But I most wholly agree… that there is no reason why the disciples of either school should attack each other with bitterness.” (Letter to J. Brodie Innes, November 27 1878)

7. [In conversation with the atheist Edward Aveling, 1881] “Why should you be so aggressive? Is anything gained by trying to force these new ideas upon the mass of mankind?” (Edward Aveling, The religious views of Charles Darwin, 1883)

8. “Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey's mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?” (Letter to Graham William, July 3 1881)

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If God and Nature are the same, Science is how we study them.

Religion should be a supreme science, not a defense against science.

However, our science is corrupt -- it is manipulated by politics, and makes arrogant proclamations about things it does not fully understand, like genetics.

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