19th January 2009

“We must acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system – with all these exalted powers – Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

Charles Darwin1809 – 1882

5 Responses to “19th January 2009”

  1. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    What a courageous man, to be outspoken about such an unpopular theory in that time period. I humbly attempt to model his behavior. But even in these modern times, it is difficult to announce one’s disbelief of the supernatural without fear of reprisal. As freedom of religion does not always equate to freedom FROM religion. The zealots may not outnumber us, but we may never know, as they intimidate us into staying “in the closet!”

    Thank god my boss is an atheist!
    I never fear losing my job over it!
    Hallelujah brother, can I get an amen?

  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    Brilliant.

    Perhaps also read my homage to Darwin and his 19th-century science friends

    http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin/forum/topics/homage-to-charles-darwin-and

  3. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    Wow Doc, I’m impressed!
    I’m also impressed with your humility, as most folks I know with a doctorate are so prideful, they insist on placing the prefix in their written name and demand you call them Doctor when you address them. I have a lot of respect for the perseverance it takes and the time and money consumed, to reach such an accomplishment. Although I am not religious, I do believe that pride is one of the deadly sins! 🙂

    Great paper, thanks for sharing!

    BTW, Sir Isac Newton’s birthday IS December 25th, so along with winter solstice, my family and I celebrate his birthday! Cheers.

  4. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    ooops… * Isaac

  5. Chris Says:

    As AA points out, Darwin was courageous for publishing his work at a time when the belief in the special creation of man in the image of god was nearly universal in the western world. It still is. Happy birthday Mr. Darwin and thank you for your contribution to our understanding that we are NOT a creationist pinnacle but rather fortunate survivors of a long genetic inheritance. There will be life long after we’ve gone.