19th March 2008

“Innocence is not wise and wisdom cannot be innocence. So we have to leave innocence behind. And that's where I differ from the Christians who put such a high value on this thing they call 'innocence.'”

Philip Pullman

3 Responses to “19th March 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    Good day, Godless. This isn’t about the quote, though it’s a good one. I’d like to note the passing of Arthur C. Clarke with a couple of quotes from him. I remember well the awe and maybe a little fear of reading 2001 as a child. I was a believer then and the thought of life outside our god-created sphere of special importance seemed somehow wrong. It’s these more expansive minds that drive our species forward, perhaps one day to the stars.

    “It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.” Quoted from Clarke’s autobiography.

    In an April 1, 1997 profile in the New York Times Clarke speaks about his new book 3001, the latest and perhaps final in the series of books beginning with 2001: In the world of 3001 Clarke envisions for the story, the writer of the piece, John F. Burns, says: “Perhaps most controversially, religions of all kinds have fallen under a strict taboo, with the citizenry looking back on the religious beliefs and practices of earlier ages as products of ignorance that caused untold strife and bloodshed. But the concept of a God, known by the Latin word Deus, survives, a legacy of man’s continuing wonder at the universe. “In this, Clarke is giving vent to one of the few things that seem to ruffle his equable nature.

    “Religion is a byproduct of fear,” he says. “For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?”

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ”


  2. Chris Says:

    Sorry – one more…

    “The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”

    Rest in Peace, Arthur

  3. Critic Says:


    Thanks for those quotes. A fitting tribute.