Sir Arthur Clarke on Creationism

In Science for June 5, 1998, Sir Arthur C. Clarke of "2001" fame says in his essay "Presidents, Experts, and Asteroids," pp 1532-3:

"I have encountered a few "creationists" and because they were usually nice, intelligent people [1], I have been unable to decide whether they were really mad, or only pretending to be mad. If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created that whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading mankind? And, although I do not necessarily agree with paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin's advocacy of evolution as a proof of the glory of God, de Chardin's attitude is both logical and inspiring. A creator who laid the foundations for the entire future at the beginning of time is far more awesome than a clumsy tinkerer who constantly modifies his creations and throws away entire species in the process. Even the Vatical, while firm in its declaration that the human soul is divinely created and not subject to process [2], has stated that the theory of physical evolution is more than just a hypothesis (1996)."

Uncle Don's notes:

1. Clarke has obviously never met Appletoon.

2. Not being subject to process is a condition common to all unevidenced objects.

1996. That is the year and not a note.

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