An interesting critique of evolution from Bertrand Russell

Wait one minute; Bertrand Russell quoted favorably on a Christian blog? Bertrand Russell, one of the lead apologists for atheistic beliefs and author of the favorite book of many atheists, Why I am not a Christian?

Well, believe it or not, except for his forays into the area of religion, Bertrand Russell actually was a pretty good philosopher. As described by the Stanford Encyclopedia,

His most influential contributions include his defense of logicism (the view that mathematics is in some important sense reducible to logic), and his theories of definite descriptions and logical atomism. Along with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the founders of analytic philosophy. Along with Kurt Gödel, he is also regularly credited with being one of the two most important logicians of the twentieth century.

Now, while surfing the web today I found the following quote on RedNova, unfortunately without a reference for where he said it:

An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalisation would be just as well founded as the generalisation which evolutionists base upon the previous history of this planet.

Hmmmmmm. I wonder if the legions of Darwinists have considered this criticism of the nature of their work.


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