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Sunday, June 18, 2006

One of the problems of fundamentalism (Asimov)

BILL MOYERS:  But once again, you are in conflict with a biblical imperative, "Be fruitful and multiply."

ISAAC ASIMOV:  Right. But God said that when Adam and Eve were the only two people in the world. He said, "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth." The earth was replenished long ago. That's one of the problems of fundamentalism. Fundamentalists take a statement that made sense at the time it was made, and because they refuse to consider that the statement may not be an absolute, eternal truth, they continue following it under conditions where to do so is deadly.

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