Saturday, September 11, 2010

THE LAST WORD ON SCIENCE "VERSUS" RELIGION, FROM A FOUR-YEAR-OLD...

SWIMMING BAT
Leave it to a child to finesse Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and all those other militantly atheistic humorless crabs who are so intent on persuading us that GOD DOESN'T EXIST.

NIGHT MONKEY

I'm re-reading--and highly recommend--Rosamond Purcell's SPECIAL CASES: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters: photos of mummified giants, the hundreds of needles taken from the body of an insane morphine addict (did she swallow them?), the skeletons of conjoined twins, etc.


What kind of tragically limited vision could pore over creatures like these and not be drawn to contemplate Something or Someone or Some Realm Beyond?...Which brings me to possibly the best passage in the book:

"Once, at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, I stood gazing up at a rearing reconstructed skeleton of an extinct giant sloth when a woman arrived with her three- or four-year-old son. "Oh, God!" she said looking up at the claws and the massive head. There was a short silence. Her son took his his fingers out of his mouth--'Is that God?' he asked.

GOD

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