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Reader’s comment: Many men of science, too few men of God


In response to Laura Perrins: What is Atheism for Kids all about? God knows, Peter Evans wrote:

Professor Dawkins is a fine evolutionary biologist, but I have as much confidence in his claim to be an expert on religions (or superstitions as he might say) as I would have in someone who proclaims himself an ornithologist after reading The Bumper Book of British Birds. Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and Castro aren’t especially known for their Christian convictions, but they used scientific reason to slaughter well over a hundred million human beings.

In his famous Armistice Day address in 1948, US General Omar Bradley put the issue rather more perspicuously than I could ever hope to:

‘With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.’

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