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April 3nd 2010    Tim Candler

    There is in my view a magnificence to philosophers.  I can say this primarily because I am able to completely dismiss the idea of any comprehensive understanding.  Better to think of philosophers as heroes.   See them adrift upon stormy sea, rather than look to them for the solace that emerges from certainty.   And I would argue that in physics it is the same.

    Believers on the other hand tend not to stand heroic in my mind.   I see them more as completed beings who have finished their adventure and now grimly await decline.   They can do this because in their conclusion they have accepted "winning and losing" as life's purpose. 

    I sometimes think Christian objections to Darwin stem from this fundamentally unattractive admission.  It is not so much the book written in stone by heroes, rather it is the dichotomy.   Gentle Jesus, a forgiving Almighty, and survival of the fittest through a tribal end time.  Should this be a mechanical device, as Darwin suggests, there is no promising to be good, there is no arguing one's case with a winged Saint Peter, there is no salvation.

    Instead there will be a Blue Green Algae or a Sphinx in a white coat, trained to read genetic code.  So it is this sort of thing that challenges believers in ways that make them bad tempered and often less reasonable.  

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