Thursday, February 12, 2009

Beyond us

Happy birthday to Abe and Chuck.  February 12, 1809, two hundred years ago.  What time hath wrought!

There has been, Dear Gentle Reader(s), a great deal of electronic “ink” spilt lately about the existence of a deity, propelled, in part, by the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth.

Today’s edition of The Washington Post contains an interesting column by Rick Weiss of The Center for American Progress.  In it he addresses Darwin’s writings about that existence.  The operative quote provided by Weiss is "The safest conclusion seems to be that the whole subject is beyond the scope of man's intellect."  In other words, Darwin didn’t know.

Regardless of any claims by religionists, two hundred years later, still, no one knows.

What we do know is that the anthropomorphic deity has been a very misguided and easily abused metaphor.  We have suffered greatly from it. 

We can’t know; we shouldn’t allow people who claim they do to have sway over our lives. 

The Golden Rule should be the primary organizing principle.

Trust but verify.

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