Painting of seven-year-old Charles Darwin in 1816.
Here is my reconstruction of the basic points from Appleman’s book. It does not really contain a philosophical argument in the traditional sense, but is more like a last lecture or statement of his creed. Continue reading Final Thoughts on Appleman’s Book
Cosmic evolution gave birth to our sun and planet; chemical evolution brought forth atoms, molecules and cells; biological evolution led to us. The process ran itself, there was no intelligent designer. Continue reading Appleman’s: The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life (Part 2)
Philip D. Appleman (1926 – ) is an American poet, a Darwin scholar, and Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He has recently published a new book Continue reading Review of Appleman’s: The Labyrinth: God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life (Part 1)
Paul Henri Thiry, Baron d’Holbach, an 18th-century advocate of atheism.
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. (from Albert Einstein, the Human Side: New Glimpses from His Archives, page 43.) Continue reading Einstein and Darwin Were Not Believers