"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
"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
"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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