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53,202.  Some foolish men declare that creator made the world.  The doctrine that the world was created is ill advised and should be rejected.  If God created the world, where was he before the creation?  If you say he was transcendent then and needed no support, where is he now?  How could God have made this world without any raw material?  If you say that he made this first, and then the world, you are faced with an endless regression.  If you declare that this raw material arose naturally you fall into another fallacy.  For the whole universe might thus have been its own creator, and have arisen quite naturally.  If God created the world by an act of his own will, without any raw material, then it is just his will and nothing else – and who will believe this silly nonsense?  Jinasena, Mahapurana 9th century

 

 

147.  It has been said that the highest praise of God consists in the denial of Him by the atheist, who finds creation so perfect that he can dispense with a creator.  (God & Praise & Atheist & Creationism)  Marcel Proust

 

 

195.  Belief in God – Religion – There is no evidence that man was aboriginally endowed with the ennobling belief in the existence of an Omnipotent God.  On the contrary there is ample evidence, derived not from hasty travellers, but from men who have long resided with savages, that numerous races have existed, and still exist, who have no idea of one or more gods, and who have no words in their languages to express such an idea.  The question is of course wholly distinct from that higher one, whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the universe; and this has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.

 

The belief in God has often been advanced as not only the greatest, but the most complete of all the distinctions between man and the lower animals.  It is however impossible, as we have seen, to maintain that this belief is innate or instinctive in man.  On the other hand a belief in all-pervading spiritual agencies seems to be universal; and apparently follows from a considerable advance in man’s reason, and from a still greater advance in his faculties of imagination, curiosity and wonder.  I am aware that the assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for His existence.  But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man; for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent Deity.  The idea of a universal and beneficent Creator does not seem to arise in the mind of man, until he has been elevated by long-continued culture.  (God & Belief & Religion & Human Beings & Evolution & Creationism & Charles Darwin)  Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

 

 

208.  I can’t believe that each species was brought into existence by a merciful God who cares about human beings.  (God & Existence & Creationism & Human Beings & Disbelief)  David Attenborough, televised interview

 

 

52,366.  It is so fundamentally against every scientific principle you can think of, that to put it in the same bracket is to seriously confuse thinking.  David Attenborough, interview Horizon: A War on Science

 

 

11,841.  Quite a lot of people are upset that the findings of evolutionary science don’t coincide with what is written in Genesis.  And there are people who think Genesis should be taken literally.  (Bible & Old Testament & Adam & Eve & Creationism & Evolution)  David Attenborough, interview Horizon: A War on Science

 

 

11,842.  A kind of conjuring trick of taking a rib out of a man’s side in a trance.  (Bible & Old Testament & Adam & Eve & Creationism)  David Attenborough, televised interview

 

 

222.  ... the swindle of life and the treachery of a God that can create disease and misery and crime – create things that men would be condemned for creating – that men would be ashamed to create.  (God & Life’s Like That & Treachery & Create)  Mark Twain, cited Isabel Lyon journal 2nd February 1906

 

 

53,134.  Man has been here 32,000 years.  That it took a hundred million years to prepare the world for him is proof that that is what it was done for.  I suppose it is.  I dunno.  If the Eiffel tower were now representing the world's age, the skin of paint on the pinnacle-knob at its summit would represent man’s share of that age; & anybody would perceive that that skin was what the tower was built for.  I reckon they would.  I dunno.  Mark Twain, Was the World Made for Man?

 

 

250.  I care passionately about the question whether there is a supernatural designer in the universe.  (God & Creationism)  Professor Richard Dawkins, interviewing P Z Myers 2008

 

 

256.  I mean I think the closest is the idea that the fundamental constants of the universe are too good to be true.  That does to me seem to need some kind of explanation, if it’s true ... It certainly doesn’t suggest to me in any way a creative intelligence because you’re still left with the problem of explaining where that come from.  (God & Universe & Creationism & Anthropic Principle)  Professor Richard Dawkins, The Four Horsemen: Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens

 

 

2,644.  The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.  (Science & Universe & Intelligent Design & Creationism & Anthropic Principle)  Richard Dawkins

 

 

53,048.  The theory of natural selection was his greatest contribution ... How the fantastically complicated illusion of design that living creatures have could have been produced ... by an automatic undersigned unplanned process.  (Charles Darwin & Evolution & Creationism & Intelligent Design)  Professor Richard Dawkins, Radio Ulster 2008

 

 

5,681.  Meet the Reverend William Paley.  An old enemy of evolution.  He put forward the most lucid argument to the existence of a creator.  And his argument has been used ever since to try and shoot down Darwin.  Paley likened all living things to a clock or watch.  Random forces, he said, cannot explain how who all these beautiful springs and gears came together to tell time, nor can they explain the organs of living things.  No purposeless process could ever fashion such intricate detail.  No blind leap of chance could ever construct such complex machinery.  (Evolution & Creationism & Intelligent Design & Analogy)  Professor Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Horizon, BBC 1987

 

5,682.  Not vision, no foresight, no sight at all.  If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in Nature, it is the blind watchmaker.  (Evolution & Creationism & Intelligent Design & Analogy)  ibid.

 

5,683.  The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.  (Evolution & Creationism & Intelligent Design)  ibid.

 

 

53,161.  What this does to Science is it wastes a lot of time of scientists who could be getting on with their work.  (Creationism & Intelligent Design)  Professor Richard Dawkins, interview Horizon: A War on Science, BBC 2006

 

53,162.  When one says that in America Intelligent Design is getting a hold – it is not getting a hold in the scientific community, in the intellectual community.  It is getting a hold only among those parts of the population who don’t know anything.  (Creationism & Intelligent Design)  ibid.

 

53,163.  Design needs to postulate an entity as least as complicated, at least as high information content, at least as irreducibly complex, as that which it is supposed to explain.  It is therefore a total lack of explanation.  It doesn’t explain anything because it can’t explain itself.  (Creationism & Intelligent Design)  ibid.

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