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Theology made no provision for evolution.
by E. O. Wilson

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.
- E. O. Wilson

True character arises from a deeper well than religion.
- E. O. Wilson

Even as empiricism is winning the mind,
transcendentalism continues to win the heart.
- E. O. Wilson

 

To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse
us and close doors to further inquiry,
they are likely to be wrong.
- E. O. Wilson

Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.
- E. O. Wilson

By any reasonable measure of achievement,
the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
- E. O. Wilson

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The human mind evolved to believe in the gods.
It did not evolve to believe in biology.
- E. O. Wilson

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic,
intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
- E. O. Wilson

It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.
- E. O. Wilson

Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian
struggle waged among cultures,
and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.
- E. O. Wilson

Political ideology can corrupt the mind,
and science.
- E. O. Wilson

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed,
will not suffice.
Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption
about the human condition.
- E. O. Wilson

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning
a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
- E. O. Wilson

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless
while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
- E. O. Wilson

When you have seen one ant, one bird,
one tree, you have not seen them all.
- E. O. Wilson

Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies.
I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my
energies and drove me in new directions.
- E. O. Wilson

People need a sacred narrative.
They must have a sense of larger purpose,
in one form or another, however intellectualized.
They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
- E. O. Wilson

If history and science have taught us anything,
it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.
- E. O. Wilson

There is no better high than discovery.
- E. O. Wilson

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the "environmentalist" view,
as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity,
and to start calling it the real-world view.
- E. O. Wilson

The one process now going on that will take millions
of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species
diversity by the destruction of natural habitats.
This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
- E. O. Wilson

The historical circumstance of interest is that the
tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts
of the continents since their origins as stronghold
of the flowering plants 150 million years ago.
- E. O. Wilson

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept
our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable
price of population and economic growth,
or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.
- E. O. Wilson

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.
The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers,
people able to put together the right information at the right time,
think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
- E. O. Wilson

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate
back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago.
If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
- E. O. Wilson

It's obvious that the key problem facing humanity in
the coming century is how to bring a better quality of life -
for 8 billion or more people -
without wrecking the environment entirely in the attempt.
- E. O. Wilson

The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that
we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another.
Is there a way to erase the dilemma,
to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist
and the empiricist world views?
- E. O. Wilson

If those committed to the quest fail,
they will be forgiven.
When lost, they will find another way.
The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone,
whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.
- E. O. Wilson

You are capable of more than you know.
Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best,
however hard the path.
Aim high.
Behave honorably.
Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure.
Persist!
The world needs all you can give.
- E. O. Wilson

Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected
in a cosmic religion for the future:
It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology;
it covers both the natural and the spiritual,
and it is based on a religious sense
aspiring from the experience of all things,
natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
- Albert Einstein

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I do not believe in the God of theology
who rewards good and punishes evil.
- Albert Einstein

John Paul II made it clear that...
liberation theology based on the teaching of Jesus Christ was necessary,
but liberation theology that used a Marxist analysis was unacceptable.
- Claudio Hummes

The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells,
is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in
this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
- William James

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.
- Christopher Morley

The Epistle to the Romans is an extremely important
synthesis of the whole theology of St.
Paul.
- Hans Kung

Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will,
and you can't give somebody free will and then send
in a play from the sidelines.
- Roger Ebert

There is too much theology in the Church now,
and too little of the Gospel.
- Lewis Tappan

Theology is the logic of the Devil.
- Jose Bergamin

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.
- Jeremy Taylor

For the first time in our history, ideology and theology
hold a monopoly of power in Washington.
- Bill Moyers

I know the established Christian theology...
I know the enemy, but the enemy doesn't know me.
Thus the enemy has already lost the war.
- Sun Myung Moon

Let us put theology out of religion.
Theology has always sent the worst to heaven,
the best to hell.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Faith is more basic than language or theology.
- Sydney Carter

Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human
ingenuity for divine wisdom.
- Julia Ward Howe

Pastoral theology and care helps people look deeper
at the intersection between their inherited religious
traditions and their current life situations.
- Larry Graham

Our theology is still in a time of crisis,
and I think this will last for some years more.
- Godfried Danneels

There is only one theology, but there are many theologians.
- Athenagoras I

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in
terms of the not worth knowing.
- H. L. Mencken

In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person.
Yes, it is women who keep the church going.
- Don Marquis

Conservative New Testament studies could also provide
an intellectually satisfying alternative to German
biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it.
- John Gresham Machen

Theology is anthropology.
- Anselm Feuerbach

The best theology would need no advocates;
it would prove itself.
- Karl Barth

If the president is going to use so much language of theology and the Bible,
then let's use that language for a serious discussion about the war in Iraq.
And that was never done.
- Jim Wallis

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology,
of the phantom of God.
As long as we have a master in heaven,
we will be slaves on earth.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Life isn't like a book.
Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly.
Life is a mess most of the time.
And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
- Charles Caleb Colton

The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible
by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires
us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse
there are some true statements.
- Kenneth L. Pike

What makes you a Christian is whether or not you really
are in accord with biblical theology and whether you
know Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
- Walter Martin

I very rarely read any fiction.
I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people.
I love theology and some philosophy.
- Al Sharpton

The humanities need to be defended to-day against the
encroachments of physical science,
as they once needed to be against the encroachment of theology.
- Irving Babbitt

If we take science as our sole guide,
if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable,
the old theology must go.
- John Burroughs

When theology erodes and organization crumbles,
when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up,
the search for a direct experience which people can
feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.
- Daniel Bell

If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind
in which God is identified with the unknowable,
and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless
words about unintelligible chimeras,
then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt.
- Leslie Stephen

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation,
but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without
taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary
character of cosmic history.
- John Polkinghorne

I feel that the Christian experience and the Jewish
one have much to give each other.
If this open society continues and there is no return
to political anti-Semitism,
then this encounter, deeper than any theology,
may happen.
- Lionel Blue

What I think I have in common with the school of deconstruction
is the mode of negative thinking or negative awareness,
in the technical, philosophical sense of the negative,
but which comes to me through negative theology.
- Harold Bloom

I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil,
until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art,
poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists,
or that has been produced anywhere in the past,
under opposite influences.
- Walt Whitman


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