Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Birds of a Feather

Sir David Attenborough recently completed his latest nature documentary on Charles Darwin and natural selection. His reaction to religiosity at a young age reminds me so much of my own.
"It never really occurred to me to believe in God - and I had nothing to rebel against, my parents told me nothing whatsoever.

"But I do remember looking at my headmaster delivering a sermon, a classicist, extremely clever... and thinking, he can't really believe all that, can he? How incredible!"

It seems Attenborough has been receiving hate mail ever since the airing of his new special.

"They tell me to burn in hell and good riddance," Sir David said during an interview with the Radio Times...Telling the magazine that he was also asked why he did not give "credit" to the Lord, Sir David continued: "They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds.

"I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in East Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball.

"The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs.

"I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator."



SuiginChou said...

Preeeeeetty much. The problem with Christianity is that it violated one of the Bluthian truths about life:

"Never say never." {An American Tail}

There's always an exception! There's always a chance for the unexpected to become reality. But you preclude this -- and thus preclude yourself from the real world in which all practical theories must operate -- the moment you utter those words "omnipotent" and "omniscient" and "all-loving" about your religion's deity. Such a deity simply doesn't fit the evidence. Not without a remarkably arrogant redefining of human civilization, e.g. claiming that one's own religion is the "true path" and that the other civilizations on Earth are "pagans" who are meant to be "shown the light"; and that while one's own God is the *real* God, their gods are "myths", to be callously referred to as such (e.g. Greek mythology, Norse mythology, Japanese mythology, and yet Christian...ity, and not Christian mythology.)

Granted, the counterargument is that an omnipotent being, by definition, could defy all logic -- and thus seemingly defy even that logic which strikes at his very existence, i.e. the botfly, the Ebolva virus, the filarial worm, Plasmodium falciparum, on and on it goes. But to me, this is little more than a logical copout: or rather, it is a waving of the white flag, an admission that the speaker is removing himself from a debate confined to logic and reason and is relocating himself to a domain where logic need not be of any concern to him.

Anyway, I've probably gone and said too much. Again. But there you have it: I find myself in agreement with David Attenborough once again.

Mack Ramer said...

When you said "Bluthian Truth" I thought you were referring to the Corn-Baller. "Every fucking TIME!!"

Or perhaps: "There's always money in the banana stand..."

Jay said...

lol I thought the same thing.

Gob.: The real problem is that she keeps saying that God is going to show me a sign. The... something of my ways. Wisdom? It's probably wisdom.

SuiginChou said...

I have no idea what you guys are talking about.

Mack Ramer said...

Sorry, I thought you had seen the TV show Arrested Development. It's a show about a family whose last name is Bluth, hence the "Bluthian" connection.

Daniel said...

God is not a trick, Michael...

It's an illlluuuusion.