Letter: Sagan on God

Friday, December 15, 2017
Sagan on God

In response to the use of a quote by Sir Isaac Newton (Sunday Monitor Forum, Dec. 10) calling atheism “senseless” and suggesting that Earth’s place in our solar system’s “Goldilocks zone” proves the existence of a God which planned this for us, I submit the following quote from Carl Sagan. Sagan’s quote was in reference to a photograph taken by Voyager 1 from beyond Neptune, and in it, the Earth looked like a pale blue dot in a sunbeam: “Look back again at the pale blue dot (Earth). . . . Take a ​good long look at it. Stare at the dot for any length of time and then try to convince yourself that God created the whole universe for one of the 10 million or so species of life that inhabit that speck of dust. Now take it a step further: Imagine that everything was made for a single shade of that species, or gender, or ethnic or religious subdivision. If this doesn’t strike you as unlikely, pick another dot. Imagine it to be inhabited by a different form of intelligent life. They, too, cherish the notion of a God who has created everything for their benefit. How seriously do you take their claim?”