• Engaging with Religious Fundamentalism

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    Should we engage with religious fundamentalists? Does it really matter? Can we really make an impact?

    Brisbane Skepticamp discussion on engaging with religious fundamentalism.

    Danny Jarman is the Vice President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia.


    Brisbane Skepticamp is run by the Brisbane Skeptic Society.

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    One of the most common and dishonest quote mines by creationist cult organisations is in relation to Charles Darwin and the evolution of the eye. Darwin is quoted as saying,

    "To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree."

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