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Notable Quotes #4 Sunday, June 24, 2007

Posted by Henry in anthropology, atheism, David Eller, Eller, God, Natural Atheism, Notable Quotes Series, rationality, reason, religion, science.

This is a quote extracted from the book Natural Atheism which I reviewed earlier:

Virtually all of human history and thought has been grounded on the premise of gods. Atheism alone has not been responsible for the gradual disintegration of this ground; rather, Atheism is the finished product, not the process. Reason, natural investigation (i.e. science), cultural comparison (i.e. anthropology), religious diversity, and other world-shaking and world-dissolving forces and discoveries have slowly but inexorably chipped away at the ground of god(s).

Eller has certainly express the simple truth well!

Notable Quotes #3 Saturday, June 9, 2007

Posted by Henry in biology, Catholics, Christianity, church, consilience, embryology, evolution, genetics, morphology, Notable Quotes Series, paleontology, pope, religion, science, Vatican.
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Pope John Paul II stated in 1996 that the theory of evolution is of no threat to religion:

New knowledge has led to the recognition that the theory of evolution is more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of the theory.

– Pope John Paull II

The “convergence of various fields of knowledge” is also known as the consilience argument, in that various unrelated studies all agree and point to one fact. In the case of evolution, studies such as paleontology, fossil records, biogeographical distribution, morphology, genetics, embryology, biological classification, modern medicine… and so on, has independently verified evolution.

Notable Quotes #2 Sunday, June 3, 2007

Posted by Henry in anti-evolution, evolution, Notable Quotes Series, quotes, rationality.
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Here is a passage written by an anti-evolution religious scholar, extracted from his review of a pro-evolution book:

And if evolution is not true about everything, then there is good reason to think that it is not true about anything.

Stephen Webb – An Idiot’s Guide to Evolution

According to Webb, then, if the fact 1 + 1 = 2 is not true about everything, then there is good reason to think that it is not true about anything. What kind of logic is this?

Notable Quotes #1 Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Posted by Henry in Christianity, Christopher Hitchens, Fox News, Jerry Falwell, Notable Quotes Series, quotes, video.
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This quote is extracted at the end of a TV interview, coming right out of the famous mouth of Christopher Hitchens:

If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.

Christopher Hitchens on Jerry Falwell, Fox News

Ouch! The sharp-witted, unapologetic and surprisingly erudite Hitchens comes up with yet another in-your-face quote, this time on the late Reverend Falwell. This quote implies that if you removed the shit from Falwell that he will be left of nothing.