Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Charles Darwin killed the magic god fairy. Jerry Coyne and Neil deGrasse Tyson cremated it.

Charles Darwin killed the god fairy with one sentence without bothering to mention the fairy. Jerry Coyne and Neil deGrasse Tyson made sure it was dead with two more sentences.

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
-- Charles Darwin

If the history of science teaches us anything, it is that what conquers our ignorance is research, not giving up and attributing our ignorance to the miraculous work of a creator.
-- Jerry Coyne

Science is a philosophy of discovery, intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Before Charles Darwin published Origin of Species in 1859 scientists lived in a world of virtually no atheists, so even a brilliant scientist like Newton would occasionally invoke supernatural magic to solve what seemed to him at the time to be an unsolvable problem.

In 1859 scientists lost their only excuse to give up their research and invoke a fairy. Today scientists never invoke a god for anything. They would be laughed out of their profession if they suggested it. Invoking god to solve a scientific problem is giving up. It would be like saying "I can't solve this problem, therefore nobody else, living or not born yet, will be able to solve this problem, therefore magic is the only solution."

This is what every theist does. Theists must invoke a magic fairy for something otherwise they wouldn't be theists. They often deny they believe in a god of the gaps and then in the next sentence, after being asked why they believe in a god, they invoke a god for some real or imaginary gap. Therefore when they deny their fairy is a god of the gaps they are lying.

They are also lying when they say invoking a god is not the same as invoking magic. God equals magic and the dishonesty of theist idiots will never change this fact.

If you're a theist I suggest you read and reread the three quotes I provided. Keep at it until you are able to grow up. You have probably already thrown out the tooth fairy but you can't call yourself a grownup until you throw out your equally childish god fairy.

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