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Let us now turn back to the Beard, and perhaps he will forgive us our persistent unbelief

Photographer-philosopher Laszlo Bencze offers us this prayer, for spiritual Darwinists, Christian or otherwise, reflecting on one of their recent conferences:

We believe in Darwin, the father all-sovereign, explainer of all things visible and invisible, and in one Thomas Henry Huxley, the bull dog of Darwin, begotten from the substance of Darwin.

We believe in his son, Julian Huxley, of one substance with his Father. We believe in Ernst Mayr, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins who proceed from the spirit of Darwin and Huxley and through whom all things were understood, things on heaven and things on earth: who for our enlightenment were made flesh and became men, who suffered grievously at the hands of petty academics, were denied tenure and publication at State schools, but rose to preeminence at superior universities and ascended into endowed chairs and chancellorships without end.

By their convictions and firmly held beliefs may we and all our works be judged. Amen.

For we are the chimps of his lab and the apes of his zoo …

See also: Ridiculous Darwin hagiography

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6 Responses to Let us now turn back to the Beard, and perhaps he will forgive us our persistent unbelief

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    David W. Gibson

    This sort of hagiography always strikes me as ridiculous. Applied to Darwin, it becomes downright absurd. Darwin was simply the first (or at least, one of the first) to propose one mechanism by which life changes in form over time. About the best that can be said about his proposal was that it was mostly correct in a limited way, but far from complete.

    But not to worry, in scientific circles Darwin is respected as a worthy historical footnote, but his writings are at best obsolete. In the world of science, evidence rules and not history or personality. And we’ve collected plenty of thoroughly tested evidence in the last century and a half, and we’re still learning rapidly. Plenty of important questions not yet answered.

    And the measure of biological explanations proposed during all that time, and every day, is whether they make predictions which pass rigorous testing. If they do not, they are replaced by better explanations, then as now.

    I’m quite sure one could go all the way through a PhD program and become one of the world’s top biologists, without EVER having heard of Darwin or read anything he ever wrote. And be none the worse off for it.

  2. Yes, but without Darwin we would not have:

    The Darwin Awards

  3. “I’m quite sure one could go all the way through a PhD program and become one of the world’s top biologists, without EVER having heard of Darwin or read anything he ever wrote. And be none the worse off for it.”

    Amen to that.

    And yet there are those who continue to speak of him with deference and in reverential tones . . .

  4. Hahahaha.

  5. Give credit where credit due: Darwin made being wrong fashionable.
    Not too many can pull of that kind of trick.

  6. surely this “prayer” has to be a joke. I can’t even imagine anything
    more absurd.

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