quotes tagged with 'evolution'
Author: David O. McKay, Source: “A message for LDS College Youth,” speech to BYU studentbody, Oct. 10, 1952, p. 6-7
For example, evolution’s beautiful theory of the creation of the world offers many perplexing problems to the inquiring mind. Inevitably, a teacher who denies divine agency in creation, who insists there is no intelligent purpose in it, will infest the student with the thought that all may be chance. I say, that no youth should be so led without a counterbalancing thought. Even the skeptic teacher should be fair enough to see that even Charles Darwin, when he faced this great question of annihilation, that the creation is dominated only by chance wrote: “It is an intolerable thought that man and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long, continued slow progress.” And another good authority, Raymond West, said, “Why this vast [expenditure] of time and pain and blood?” Why should man come so far if he’s destined to go no farther? A creature that travels such distances and fought such battles and won such victories deserves what we are compelled to say, “To conquer death and rob the grave of its victory
Among the generalizations of science, evolution holds foremost place. It claims: “Man is a creature of development; that he has come up though uncounted ages from an origin that is lowly.” Why should he come so far if he is destined to go no farther? A creature which has traveled such distances, and fought such battles and won such victories deserves, one is compelled to say, to conquer death and rob the grave of its victory. Darwin said . . . “Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued, slow progress. To whose who fully admit the immortality of the human soul, the destruction of our world will not appear so dreadfulAuthor: David O. McKay, Source: remarks at the funeral of May Anderson, June 1946
There is no more reason to believe that man descended from some inferior animal than there is to believe that a stately mansion descended from a small cottage.Author: William Jennings Bryan, Source: Unknown
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of science is not able to make an oyster.Author: Jeremy Taylor, Source: Unknown