Quote for the day

I liked this quotation from Stephen Barr’s Review of Edward O. Wilson’s “The Creation: A meeting of Science and Religion” in October First Things.

The book is written in the form of a letter to an imaginary Southern Baptist pastor, whom he addresses as “my respected friend.” …The “respect” he has for his Baptist friend seems at times to be of the kind that a naturalist might have for an orangutan. It is a respect for biodiversity; no intellectual equality is implied. The pastor has nothing to teach Wilson except as a specimen.

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