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“And I love how when people watch David Attenborough or Discovery Planet type things, you know, where you see the absolute phenomenal majesty and complexity and bewildering beauty of nature, and you stare at it, and then somebody next to you goes, ‘And how can you say there’s no god? Look at that.’

“And then five minutes later you’re looking at the life cycle of a parasitic worm whose job is to bury itself in the eyeball of a little lamb and eat the eyeball from inside while the lamb dies in horrible agony. And then you turn to them and say, ‘Where is your god now?’ You know?

You can’t just say there’s a god because the world is beautiful. You have to account for bone cancer in children. You have to account for the fact that almost all animals in the wild live under stress, with not enough to eat, and they’ll die violent and bloody deaths.

There is not any way that you can just choose the nice bits, and say ‘That means there is a god,’ and ignore the true fact of what nature is. The wonder of nature must be taken in its totality. And it is a wonderful thing; it is absolutely marvelous.

“And the idea that an atheist, or humanist if you want to put it that way, doesn’t marvel and wonder at reality, at the way things are, is nonsensical. The point is we wonder all the way. We don’t just stop and say, ‘That which I cannot understand I will call God,’ which is what mankind [sic] has done, historically. That’s to say, god was absolutely everything 1,000 or 2,000 years ago, because we understood almost nothing about the natural world, so it could all be god. And then as we understood more, god receded, and receded, and receded. So suddenly now he’s barely anywhere. He’s just in those things we don’t understand — which are important, but I think it’s just such an insult to humanity.

“And the Greeks got it right, the Greeks understood perfectly that if there were divine beings, they are capricious, unkind, malicious mostly, temperamental, envious, and  mostly deeply unpleasant. Because that, that you can say, ‘Well yes, alright, if there’s gonna be god or gods, then you have to admit that they’re at the very least capricious — they’re certainly not consistent.’ They’re certainly not all-loving.”

-Stephen Fry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=p48A_D75Y6k

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