[ExI] Mary Magdelene?/was Re: Iran's plan fortheir gaypopulation
emlynoregan at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 04:40:38 UTC 2009
2009/6/9 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
>> ...On Behalf Of painlord2k at libero.it
>> > I am an atheist. Ideally, I want to live near people trying to
>> > imitate Charles Darwin. Now THAT would be a cool neighborhood.
>> Charles Darwin was not an atheist, IIRC.
>> He was a Christian. Was he buried where?
>> Why not Mendel?
>> Did Mendel do something wrong?
> Ja, Darwin was a christian of sorts, 19th century English style, which was a
> brand of christianity that didn't fit too tightly most of the time. The
> reason I chose Darwin as one to admire is the remarkable books he wrote.
> With a few erroneous passages cleaned up, it is remarkable how modern and
> still very relevant is Origin of Species. The experiments he did, the
> careful observations, the lines of reasoning he worked out, all these are
> most remarkable even by modern standards.
>From what I've read of his writing, he was an excellent writer, pithy.
He was of strong moral character. He was strongly rational. He was a
spectacular observer of the world around him (really very useful if
you aspire to rationality!), which is at the root of his discovery of
the mechanisms of selection. He also seems to have been gentle
(although he was into hunting), kind, and optimistic.
Overall, well worth emulating. If we were mostly like Darwin, it'd be
an extraordinary world.
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