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Lisa Bauer's Avatar Jump to comment 2 by Lisa Bauer

That AA Gill piece in the Sunday Times was rather pathetic:

It also revealed a sorry truth. He is much happier, and much more accomplished at, knocking things down than building them. He'd rather be against something than for it. Confronting a class of quiet, respectful, eager and religious schoolchildren, he became tongue-tied and muddled about selling evolution. He was much happier attacking religion. His anger and bombast stand in stark contrast to Darwin's quiet, inquisitive humility. Darwin was a gentle man who thought deeply and went out of his way to avoid confrontation or to incommode others. Tellingly, he managed to live his entire life with a devout Christian. This was a great opportunity for a lush, life-affirming, invigorating series, but what we got was a confused liturgical spat.

What can you say to something like that?!?

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 10:17:00 UTC | #215528