david attenborough on "god"

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by Azul, Dec 20, 2007.

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  1. Azul

    Azul Well-Known Member

    "I often get letters, quite frequently, from people who say how they like the programmes a lot, but I never give credit to the almighty power that created nature, to which I reply and say, "Well, it's funny that the people, when they say that this is evidence of the almighty, always quote beautiful things, they always quote orchids and hummingbirds and butterflies and roses." But I always have to think too of a little boy sitting on the banks of a river in west Africa who has a worm boring through his eyeball, turning him blind before he's five years old, and I reply and say, "Well presumably the god you speak about created the worm as well," and now, I find that baffling to credit a merciful god with that action, and therefore it seems to me safer to show things that I know to be truth, truthful and factual, and allow people to make up their own minds about the moralities of this thing, or indeed the theology of this thing."
    David Attenborough (maker of nature documentaries)
    From the BBC documentary "Life on Air"
     
  2. I'm really glad you posted this quote in Soap Box as well.
    I smiled (thanks for that) when I read it in the other section and wondered if it would be moved, or if you would move it yourself. A very genuine and provocative thinker, that Attenborough. And he said it much nicer, calmer than I mananged...
     
  3. Azul

    Azul Well-Known Member

    Yes I thought it would get more reads here so I posted it twice
     
  4. Just_a_guy

    Just_a_guy Well-Known Member

    David Attenborough IS God :O
     
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