Charles Darwin said … 5

“I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.”

“I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.”

“Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.”

“We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities …  still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

“We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universe, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.”

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

“I am not the least afraid to die.”

Posted under Commentary, Miscellaneous, Science by Jillian Becker on Saturday, January 4, 2014

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  • Kelly

    “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is
    those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert
    that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

    Yes, it’s easy for religious people to speak in such absolutes when their own belief system teaches that the answer to every question is “God did it,” and the solution to every problem is “let go and let God.” The tough questions get a lot tougher when you start searching for falsifiable, evidence-based answers.

    • liz

      Your right – that is one of the real underlying attractions of religion – being able to claim “knowledge” without actually knowing anything, or doing any of the hard work of studying and learning things for yourself.
      But what a price to pay!

  • liz

    Darwin, in addition to his genius, had the rare quality of being honest.
    How many sanctified religionists since his day have deliberately lied to themselves, ignored evidence, and chosen to live as mental midgets in order to protect their faith from the damaging effect of the facts he discovered, while condemning him as the perpetrator of the biggest lie in history?
    All while preaching the virtue of honesty and integrity, of course.

    • REALBEING

      “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.”

      One of my greatest teachers once brought up the point that if you inquire into how the entirety of living systems on our globe is provided sustenance, it soon becomes obvious that each individual organism must feed off the energy it receives from consuming each and every other organism….a fact that violates a major tenet of most of the great religions on the planet.

      There are people, governments, and religions in our lives that do the very same thing, only they do not physically eat the body. They eat our energy….some knowingly, others unknowingly.

      Most conveniently like to either deny, or change the subject when confronted with this “contradiction” pointed out by Darwin to their perceived notion of the “good” that their activities do.

      One religious zealot once told me that this particular biological axiom that Darwin speaks of is a “Divine Mystery.”

      • liz

        Yes, God works in mysterious ways!
        Being religious is one way to guarantee for yourself that you will remain ignorant, but with the benefit of having a convenient answer for everything!