“Sir David Brewster, who supposes the stars to be inhabited, as remaining ‘the hope of the Christian,’ asks, ‘is it vital that an immortal soul be hung upon a skeleton of bone will have to it see with two eyes, and rest on a duality of limbs? May well it not rest in a Polyphemus with a single eye ball, or an Argus with a hundred? May well it not reign in the giant kinds of the Titans, and direct the hundred arms of Briareus?’ Supposing it were accurate, what has that to do with the hope of the Christian? Nothing at all at all. This speculating in the physical sciences, independent of any good proofs a single way or the other, and dragging in faith into such controversies, neither honors the Writer of faith, nor provides a solitary laurel to the chaplet of the sciences nor will we ever be ready to notify irrespective of whether Mars or Jupiter incorporate a solitary living object.”

Scientific American, November 1854

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