Friday, May 25, 2007

Critcizing a professional reviewer ...

... imagine that! When a Book Reviewer Is In Over His Head (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Of course, maybe Kinsley didn't read the whole book.

This is interesting, though: “It’s blindingly obvious: the great religions all began at a time when we knew a tiny fraction of what we know today about the origins of Earth and human life. It’s understandable that early humans would develop stories about gods or God to salve their ignorance. But people today have no such excuse. If they continue to believe in the unbelievable, or say they do, they are morons or lunatics or liars.”

Of course, Plato and Aristotle did their work at a time " when we knew a tiny fraction of what we know today about the origins of Earth and human life," too. Should we dismiss them wholesale as well, I wonder? And just think, Freeman Dyson, Francis Collins, Owen Gingerich - rather accomplished scientists all, and believers - must be "morons or lunatics or liars.”

Who knew?

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