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Let’s Agree to Disagree

January 6th, 2010 by Steven Gould

Scott Edelman, over on Twitter, pointed out this amazingly awful attack on the great writers of science fiction by David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service.  It’s not quite James Bond, Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but it does have a ring to it.

Anyway, his post, titled Beware of Science Fiction, uses Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, and Gene Roddenberry, as examples of agnostic or atheistic proponents.  His descriptions are factual, using quotes from the writers in question.  After reading every one of the quotes, my reaction is “Right on!” but he seems to see them as, uh, damning.

He finishes with:

Science fiction is intimately associated with Darwinian evolution. Sagan and Asimov, for example, were prominent evolutionary scientists. Sci-fi arose in the late 19th and early 20th century as a product of an evolutionary worldview that denies the Almighty Creator. In fact, evolution IS the pre-eminent science fiction. Beware!

So, I’m guessing that evidence based science is just right out of the picture, for him.

I laughed when I read the informational paragraph at the bottom of the website which includes:

OUR GOAL IN THIS PARTICULAR ASPECT OF OUR MINISTRY IS NOT DEVOTIONAL BUT IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO ASSIST PREACHERS IN THE PROTECTION OF THE CHURCHES IN THIS APOSTATE HOUR.

In conclusion, I’m making a unilateral deal with him.  He shouldn’t read ANY Science Fiction and I’ll promise never to read his web site again.

(also posted at Steve’s blog, An Unconvincing Narrative)

Posted in Daily Life, Religion, Science Fiction | 8 Comments »

8 Responses

  1. Sean Craven Says:

    I’m trying to wrap my head around the notion of a ‘high priest of atheistic evolution.’ I feel like one of those bad SF computers that’s been asked, ‘why.’

  2. Madeleine Robins Says:

    Whereas I want to design the uniforms and habits for the clergy of the Atheistic Evolution. Heavy on the gold braid and star-studded velvet, I’d say. And flashy headgear; gotta have flashy headgear.

  3. Sean Craven Says:

    Ms. Robins, with all due respect? That sound a little… well. Pope-y? Ming the Merciless-y? Got to say, if you were to base your designs upon what the godless actually wore…

    “Ah, the grandeur of their grey sweatclothes, the magnificance of thier blue jeans…”

    On the other hand, maybe you’re onto something. Style tips welcomed here.

  4. Peggy Says:

    I’m thinking something simpler than velvet and gold braid, yet a bit more stylish than grey sweats – black mock turtlenecks a la Steve Jobs, perhaps? And, of course, fabulous mutton chops for the men in honor of Isaac Asimov, and silvery bobs for the women in honor of Eugenie Scott.

  5. Madeleine Robins Says:

    What’s the point of being the Hierophant of Atheism if you don’t get to dress up for it? I was actually imagining something more Imperial China than papist, but definitely I’m thinking Sartorial Overkill for the state occasions (for every day, modified Star Trek OS velour shirts with the Sigil of Atheism–quick, what’s that look like?–over the heart).

  6. Madeleine Robins Says:

    Maybe I read The Day After Tomorrow one too many times as a yout’.

  7. Caroline Spector Says:

    Madeleine, you’ve been thinking about this too much … and as long as the Holy Atheist Underwear is done up in silk and lace, it’s all good…

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