Amen, Brother.

Here’s Charles Krauthammer, in today’s Washington Post, getting off a shot at “Intelligent Design”:

“How ridiculous to make evolution the enemy of God. What could be more elegant, more simple, more brilliant, more economical, more creative, indeed more divine than a planet with millions of life forms, distinct and yet interactive, all ultimately derived from accumulated variations in a single double-stranded molecule, pliable and fecund enough to give us mollusks and mice, Newton and Einstein? Even if it did give us the Kansas State Board of Education, too.”

Read the full article here.

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  1. Thomas says

    Brilliant. Especially “…that every once in a while God steps into this world of constant and accumulating change and says, ‘I think I’ll make me a lemur today’.” made my day! (and reminds me of Bill Hicks’ story about God putting prehistoric bones here & there to ‘test our faith’…)

    Posted December 2, 2005 at 3:44 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Thomas – thanks for visiting.

    Actually the idea of God having placed fossils in the ground is much older than Bill Hicks, and goes back at least as far as 1857, when Philip Gosse published a book entitled Omphalos (Greek for “navel”), which made the same argument. You can read about it here.

    Posted December 2, 2005 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  3. Thomas says

    it’s a pleasure,

    and of course I did not believe Hicks invented the story himself – he just puts it so nice and ironically, just as Krauthammer does – harshly revealing the ridiculousness of an idea.

    Posted December 5, 2005 at 4:44 am | Permalink