Tuesday, October 11, 2005

"I'd rather be an Ape than a Bishop"

More on the galactic, all-world clash between God and Nothing ... or, as this article says, "Godzilla vs. Mothra" ... I always preferred MechaGodzilla, but whatever ... The whole world, from whose hands?

Some interesting stuff in here ... like ...

Darwin himself wrote, "The explanation of types of structure in classes - as resulting from the will of the Deity, to create animals on certain plans - is no explanation. It has not the character of a physical law and is therefore utterly useless. It foretells nothing because we know nothing of the will of the Deity, how it acts and whether constant or inconstant like that of man."

So this is the cat all the scientists are so over the moon about? Judging by this quote, he doesn't know his rear end from a hole in the ground when it comes to God. "... we know nothing of the will of the Deity" ... wuh? The Deity -- that's God the Father to you and me -- has been abudantly clear about His will through His Holy Scriptures. I've been giving this clown too much credit.

... and ...

"At one level, scientists are just simply (angry)," says Ruse. "Anybody would feel a certain amount of indignation in being told they don't know what they are doing."

I have to admit, I feel sorry for these guys. First of all, they DON'T know what they're doing. Second of all, they're on a losing pony, and I think most of them know it. They know they'll never "prove" evolution to the satisfaction of believers and, more and more, their theories are falling apart.

If that's the case, they've been angry for a very long time.

In an 1860 debate between the Darwin-doubting Bishop of Oxley and Darwin protégé Thomas Huxley, the bishop asked Huxley which side of his family was descended from an ape.

Huxley famously replied, "If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling, it would rather be a man, a man of restless and versatile intellect, who ... plunges into scientific questions with which he had no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice."

Strong stuff at the time. The newspapers reported that Huxley said he'd "rather be an ape than a bishop."