Quotes from Arthur C. Clarke



Childhood's End

"You will find men like him in all of the world's religions.  They know that we represent reason and science, and, however confident they may be in their beliefs, they fear that we will overthrow their gods.  Not necessarily through any deliberate act, but in a subtler fashion. Science can destroy a religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets.  No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now."

Random Quotes

"I have encountered a few "creationists" and because they were usually nice, intelligent people, I have been unable to decide whether they were really  mad, or only pretending to be mad.  If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created that whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading mankind?"

"A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets."

"I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in
 the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent."

"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."


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