So. You’ve read 'The Selfish Gene'. You’ve skim read Jerry Coyne’s ‘Why Evolution is True’ and you’ve looked at the pretty pictures in Douglas J. Futuyma’s Evolution textbook. Now you have done all the preparation needed to be able to take on those dumbass Christians on the internet and leave devastating comments on their blogs. But first, why not take our ‘Quodlibeta Evolution Quiz’ and test out your knowledge.
Q1 - Who said ‘It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist'?
A) The Pope (whilst sniggering)
B) The Archbishop of Canterbury (whilst rattling the collection pot)
C) Charles Darwin in a letter to John Fordyce
Q2 - Gregor Mendel is renowned as ‘the father of modern genetics’, but what was his profession. Was he ?:
A) A freethinking enlightenment ‘Philosophe’
B) President of the British Rationalist Association
C) An Augustinian Monk
Q3 - Francisco Ayala, Ken Miller, Joan Roughgarden and Simon Conway Morris:
A) Are dirty lying Xian apologists
C) Don’t understand evolution and need to have passages from the selfish gene quoted to them
D) Are leading figures in the study of evolution who are also deeply religious
Q4 - Theodosius Dobzhansky played a key role in shaping the modern evolutionary synthesis. Which line appears in his essay ‘ Nothing makes sense in biology except in the light of evolution’ ?
A) “I am a creationist and an evolutionist. Evolution is God's, or Nature's method of creation. Creation is not an event that happened in 4004 BC; it is a process that began some 10 billion years ago and is still under way.”
B) “Now stop worshipping the sky fairy”
C) ‘Both the pro-science Christians (as if Christian bullshit is scientific) and the Muslim terrorists share pretty much the same childish beliefs - heaven, a god fairy, various miracles, supernatural magic’
Q5 - The word ‘creation’ and it's cognates is used in 'On the Origin of Species'
A) Over 100 times
B) With a heavy dose of irony
C) With ‘LOL fu Xians!’ written next to it
Q6 - When the Oxford Anglo-Catholic, Aubrey Moore read ‘On the Origin of Species’ his reaction was to say:
a) ‘Oh Sh*t we’re rumbled!
b) Whose kneecaps do we have to split to stop this from getting out!
c) That there was special affinity between Darwinism and Christian faith, remarking that Darwinism appeared, and, under the guise of a foe, did the work of a friend'
Q7 - R.A Fisher made some of the most important contributions to evolutionary biology of the 20th century and put the study of the subject on a quantitative footing. He was also:
A) Editor of ‘The New Humanist’
B) An advocate of Logical Positivism.
C) A deeply devout Anglican who, between founding modern statistics and population genetics, penned articles for church magazines’.
Q8 - When Richard Dawkins says ‘The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference’, he is expressing:
A) His own personal metaphysic
B) The bleeding obvious
C) Cutting edge science
Q9 - Richard Dawkins was made a professor at Oxford.
a) For his outstanding contributions to science
b) For bullying creationists
c) Because some rich guy he had never met paid the university a large sum of money
You get extra points for linking the Church of England to the September 11th attacks and accusing us of systematic brainwashing.
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